Published: 13th September 2019
DUSU Election: ABVP leads three posts, close fight with NSUI for Secy seat amid counting glitches
The counting was supposed to start at 8.30 am but began after almost a two-hour delay. While officials said the candidates came late, students said that it was entirely because of tech glitches
The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is leading in three seats of Central panel while they are vying for the Secretary's post in a close fight with the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) of the Delhi Union Students' Union (DUSU) on Friday, sources said.
"We are comfortably leading in three of the four seats — President, Vice President and Joint Secretary — while we are in a neck-to-neck fight with the NSUI for the Secretary's post," said ABVP Media Convenor Monika Chaudhary. Yogit Rathi is the ABVP candidate for the Secretary's post while NSUI's Ashish Lamba is contesting for the same.
The counting for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls was supposed to start at 8.30 am but began after almost a two-hour delay as the candidates turned up late, an official said. But students reported that the delay was due to the technical glitches that have been a perennial problem since morning. The screens which show live counting faced technical issues after which candidates demanded that they be made functional. After one screen started functioning, the counting began around 10.30 am. "We do not have details as of yet. There have been glitches since morning and the consolidated trend is not clear yet," said Kawalpreet Kaur, President of All India Students' Association (AISA).
Initially, only one of the EVM's votes were being counted but later after all the screens started functioning, counting on all four of them began. According to the initial trends, after the counting of votes from 45 EVMs, the ABVP was leading in three seats. The Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI) was in the second spot, sources said.
The Delhi University Students' Union election 2019 started at 9.30 am on September 12. Out of the 16 candidates in the fray, there are only four women in contention, while two of them are contesting independently. The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president, Pradeep Tanwar for the vice president's post, Yogit Rathi for the general secretary's post and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has pitted Chetna Tyagi against Dahiya and Left-backed AISA's Damini Kain for the post of president. The NSUI has fielded Ankit Bharti for the vice president's post, Ashish Lamba for the secretary's post and Abhishek Chaprana for the post of joint secretary. Last year, the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad had won three posts while the NSUI won one post.