Recently the students’ union polls were held in Delhi’s two prestigious central varsities —Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University — amidst high security. While the polling at Delhi University started at 8.30 am and continued till 12.30 pm, in JNU it started at 9.30 am and continued till 6 pm. The students casted their votes through the Electronic Voting Machines whose counting took place the next day.
In Delhi University, twelve candidates fought for the posts of vice president and president, 17 fought for the post of general secretary and 10 fought for the post of joint secretary. These posts are the four major powerful ones in DUSU. Among the political parties running in this election are National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Meanwhile in JNU, there were eight struggling for the post of its president, five fighting for the vice-president, six vied for secretary and three came up for joint secretary. The major players were certainly All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI). The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) too played a big part.
Results in DU and JNU were declared soon after. The mega-left All India Students Association swept the elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University, capturing for all the top four positions. AISA contender Akbar Chowdhary overpowered DSF’s contender Ishan Anand, NSUI’s contender Pran Veer Singh, SFI’s contender Rahul N, Concerned Students’ contender Chandrasen and ABVP’s contender Alok Kumar Singh for the post of president.
AISA contenders Anubhuti Agnes Bara, Sarfaraz Hamid and Sandeep Saurav were choosen as vice president, joint secretary and general secretary respectively. These results weren’t at all unexpected, seeing from the support AISA gathered during rallies. In the Delhi University polls, the BJP-allied Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was chosen for three major posts.