DUSU Elections 2018: Tough road ahead for ABVP and NSUI

Published on: Aug 30, 2018 18:07 IST
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The Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) elections is not going to be a cakewalk for ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and NSUI (National Students Union of India) this time as Aam Aadmi Party's student wing Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) has announced that it would fight DUSU polls along with left-wing All India Students Association (AISA). While the AISA will contest the posts of president and vice president, the CYSS has decided to contest the posts of secretary and joint secretary in all colleges and campus across the national capital.

The alliance will make DUSU election, which has been mainly dominated by the ABVP and the NSUI, a triangular contest. The DUSU election results of last few years clearly indicate that there's no third outfit capable enough of winning even one of the four major posts. Last year, the Congress' student wing - National Students Union of India (NSUI) had bagged the posts of president and vice president while the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had won the posts of secretary and joint secretary.

In 2016, the NSUI had won the post of joint secretary while the ABVP bagged three other three important seats in the DUSU polls. In 2015, the BJP-backed ABVP had swept the DUSU elections by winning all four seats in the central panel with a huge margin. The CYSS had contested the polls that year but didn't perform well and came third, even fourth on some seats. Later, it decided to boycott the elections alleging that the DUSU polls are all about 'money and muscle power'.

Riding on 'Modi wave', the ABVP had swept the DUSU elections in 2014 and won all the posts of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary by comfortable margins. In 2013, the outfit had won three out of four important posts in the elections and the NSUI had managed to capture only secretary's post. The above data clearly shows that there's no place for third outfit in DUSU polls and this is probably what the CYSS wants to change by joining hands with the AISA.

The CYSS has been claiming that the DUSU elections have become synonyms to money and muscle power. "CYSS and AISA will fight the elections with a focus on positive politics, better education and improved services," AAP leader and Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said.

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