DUSU elections: Large student turnout in morning colleges

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12 September, 2017

Students from 51 colleges on Tuesday cast their ballot to choose the four central panel posts of President, Vice President, Joint Secretary and Secretary in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) election that saw a triangular fight among the RSS-backed ABVP, Congress' NSUI, and CPI-ML Liberation's AISA.

"The elections were held very smoothly no glitches in any of the polling booths have been reported". The second round of voting - reserved for students of evening colleges - began at 3 p.m. and will go on till 7.30 p.m.

The exact turnout was expected late evening while the counting would take place on Wednesday morning.

"We received calls from various colleges about a good number of students turning out to vote", he told the news agency. The voting for morning students is open from 8.30am to 1pm while the evening classes students will get chance to vote from 3pm to 7.30pm.The candidates have been campaigning long and hard, with posters plastered across nearly every inch of the campus, and have been looking at issues such as transportation and accommodation.But, this time, besides the run of the mill issues, ideological matters will also come into play in the backdrop of the violence at Ramjas where the Left-leaning student outfits clashed with the RSS-backed ABVP.The major players in the fray include the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress' student outfit National Students Union of India.

Sources told IANS that there was 65 per cent voting in north campus based Hindu College and over 50 per cent in Ramjas College, 58 per cent in Shri Ram College of Commerce, 58 per cent in Rajdhani College and 53 per cent in ARSD College and 40 per cent in Deshbandhu College.

The election committee has deployed a total of 248 EVMs in all 40 morning colleges.

Senior leaders of the major student bodies such as Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) and National Student Union of India (NSUI) were witnessed in the campus trying their best to woo the voters in the last minute before the polling.

Other contestants fielded by ABVP and NSUI for the post of general secretary and joint secretary are Mahamedhaa Nagar, Uma Shankar, Meenakshi Meena and Avinash Yadav respectively.

In Aditi Mahavidyalaya, out of 2,300 students, 690 voted in the morning session. ABVP's Parth Rana is the candidate for the vice-president's post while NSUI has fielded Kunal Sehrawat.

Justice Indermeet Kaur modified her previous order in which she had asked the varsity not to declare the DUSU presidential candidates' poll results and keep it sealed. The results of DUSU elections 2017 are likely to be declared on September 13.


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