University of Delhi (DU) is all set for DUSU elections starting from next week. A total of 41 candidates from different colleges and departments will participate in the election. On Thursday, DU released a final list of candidates selected for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary in DUSU. The candidates will start campaigning from Friday with handmade posters, community radio and manifestos.
Though DU does not recognize candidates with any party, the candidates are backed by several parties like NSUI, ABVP and SFI-ASIF. A total of 14 candidates have stood up this year for the post of president.
Ajay Chikara from the Campus Law Centre, first-year student Bhupinder Chaudhary from Motilal Nehru College, Buddhist Studies student Parag Sharma and Ashish Chaudhary from Campus Law Centre have stood up from NSUI for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary respectively.
On the other hand, ABVP is supporting Neha Singh of MA in Buddhist Studies, Vikas Yadav, Vikas Choudhary and Deepak Bansal for the top four posts.
ABVP and NSUI have always been the strong rivals of each other in student polls with ABVP winning most of the posts in last two elections. ABVP is banking on its anti-corruption campaign to match the mood of the electorate. According to Rohit Chahal, state secretary of ABVP, “ABVP will bring back the glory of students' union and student movements by ensuring a win again this year.”
Students Federation of India and All India Students' Federation have jointly announced their candidates - Soumya Guliyan from Miranda House, Ritu Priya from Campus Law Centre, Mukesh Kumar from Ramjas College and Ajay Kumar from Motilal Nehru College. DU wants to ensure a strict code of conduct this time and is allowing the candidates only Rs. 5,000 for the election. Also, the use of printed posters, loudspeakers and animals is prohibited this time. Also, the candidates are allowed to do campaigning only till 8 September.