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ABVP wins DUSU polls after 18 years
Vatsala Shrangi  New Delhi | 13th Sep 2014

he Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students' wing of the RSS on Saturday made a clean sweep in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections. The party after 18 years bagged all four union posts, defeating the Congress-backed National Students' Union of India (NSUI) once again. Last year, the ABVP had won three out of the four posts.

While the ABVP student leaders attributed their win to the "Modi-magic", most student volunteers on the ground believe that the win was enabled by the party's success in the anti-FYUP (Four-Year Undergraduate Programme) movement.

Mohit Nagar of ABVP got 20,718 votes to defeat Gaurav Tushir of NSUI, who got 19,804 votes for the post of president. Parvesh Malik won the post of vice-president, while Kanika Shekhawat won the secretary's post. Ashutosh Mathur of ABVP won the highest number of votes, 23,133, among all candidates to win the joint secretary post.

Mohit Nagar, the newly-elected DUSU president, speaking to this newspaper said that it was the victory of student activism. "It is right that the anti-FYUP struggle played a major factor in the polls, as we worked all through the year to pursue the student community's larger cause. But more importantly, it is the win of all those students who recognised our efforts and gave us the mandate," said Nagar.

Asked what the priority areas of his team would be, he said, "We have a 26-point agenda in our manifesto on which we will work step by step. The key issues to be addressed immediately include enhancing women's security, providing connectivity to out-campus colleges and setting up of more hostels," he said.

The ABVP had proposed to bring back the University-special bus service, which was discontinued some years ago. "We will make sure that construction of all hostel and campus buildings for which land is already allotted is started. Also, there is no connectivity for students coming from the outer Delhi areas. We will start work on this immediately," said Nagar.

Meanwhile, the new students' union may also be meeting the PM Narendra Modi along with other veteran leaders of its parent party in the coming week.

NSUI national president Roji M. John, said, "We accept defeat gracefully." He added that they had given the winning candidates a tough fight. "We have fought a very good election, winning many hearts. We assure that we will emerge stronger," said John.

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