New Delhi: RSS student outfit ABVP continued its dominance in the DUSU polls, bagging three seats and describing the thumping victory as the "triumph of nationalism", while Congress NSUI made a comeback, winning the post of Joint Secretary in the results announced today.
ABVPs Amit Tanwar was elected the new president of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), defeating NSUI candidate Nikhil Yadav by a margin of 4,680 votes.
Priyanka and Ankit Singh of ABVP have been elected as vice president and secretary respectively.
NSUI candidate Mohit Garid won the contest for the Joint Secretarys post, preventing an ABVP hat-trick. The RSS student body had bagged all the four seats in the DUSU polls last year as well as in 2014.
AAPs Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, which was defeated last year on its debut, did not contest the election this year.
"A significant number of 17,712 voters opted for NOTA, introduced in the DUSU polls this year," said Chief Election Commissioner for the polls DS Rawat.
Union minister Arun Jaitley, who was elected DUSU president in 1974, congratulated ABVP on its victory.
"Congratulations to DU students & #ABVP on comprehensively winning President, VP & Secretary posts in #DUSUPolls All the best to ABVP team," he tweeted.
BJP national president Amit Shah too congratulated the ABVP candidates, describing the victory as "the triumph of nationalism".
"Congrats to ABVP. #DUSU verdict is triumph of Nationalism. Youth have reposed their faith in constructive politics," he tweeted.
The election, held yesterday, saw a turnout of over 36.9 per cent, recording a dip of 7 per cent from last years turnout of 43.3 per cent. A total of 1,23,246 students were eligible to exercise their franchise.
Celebrations broke out with bursting of crackers and loud cheering at the Kingsway camp counting venue as the results were announced. ABVP supporters lifted the victorious candidates on their shoulders and posed for photos flashing the victory sign.
The winners were garlanded and processions were taken out by ABVP supporters who paid tributes at Swami Vivekanandas statue at the Arts Faculty of the university.
DUSU is the representative body of students from most of the colleges and faculties of the university. The polls have been keenly contested over decades and are seen as a stepping stone to mainstream politics. (MORE) PTI