Repeating last year’s performance, RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday swept the Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU) polls by winning three out of four posts.
ABVP won the post of President, Vice-President and Joint Secretary, while Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI) managed to win only one post of Secretary.
Breaking previous year’s record of vote percentage, ABVP’s Akhshit Dahiya defeated NSUI’s Chetna Tyagi by 19,039 votes for the post of president.
Last year, ABVP Ankiv Baisoya, who has to step down later from the post, had won with a margin of less than 2000 votes.
As per reports, Akhil dedicated his victory to late finance minister Arun Jaitley, who held the post at DUSU twice.
For vice president, Pradeep Tanwar from the ABVP defeated Ankit Bharti from NSUI by 8,574 votes.
Meanwhile, the only female face in the panel, Shivangi Kharwal from the ABVP bagged the post of Joint Secretary, in a close contest by beating NSUI’s Abhishek Chaprana by 2,914 votes.
NSUI’s lone winner, Ashish Lamba bagged the post of Secretary by a nominal margin of 2,053 votes. He defeated ABVP’s Yogit Rathi.
Reacting on the development, BJP working president J P Nadda tweeted, “This is a victory of nationalist ideology among students. ABVP awakens the spirit of patriotism in student life, providing the right direction and vision, works to realize the vision of a bright future of the nation. I am proud to have had the opportunity to learn and work in this family.”
“This victory not only reflects the unwavering resolve of nationalism among the youth of the country, but it also reflects the new India committed to national reconstruction,” Home Minister Amit Shah wrote on Twitter congratulating to the council workers.
Meanwhile, the Left-wing All India Students’ Association (AISA) has increased its vote share from last year. It came at third position on all posts.
Students of 52 colleges of the Delhi University also voted NOTA (None Of The Above) considerably, increasing its percentage from 11.9% last year to 13.95% this year.