The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress student’s wing National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has announced their panel for the upcoming Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections 2018. The elections will take place on September 12, 2018. This year, it will be a triangular contest with the entry of All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) student wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS).
According to the statement released by the Delhi University, the elections will be held in colleges as well to elect the members of the Central Council. The last date of filing nominations is 4 September. By the same date, candidates for the post of members of the Central Council must obtain their nomination papers from the concerned colleges or departments. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on the same day, after which a list of duly nominated candidates will be published, the statement said. Meanwhile, the candidates can withdraw their nominations till 5 September.
On 12 September, the voting is expected to start at 8.30 am and end at 7.30 pm. However, the date and venue for the counting of votes have not been announced yet, IANS reported.
In 2017, a total of 10 candidates contested for the presidential post with the main contestants being Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)'s Rajat Choudhary, National Students' Union of India (NSUI)'s Rocky Tusheed, AISA's Parul Chauhan and independents Raja Choudury and Alka.
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 the 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.