The BJP leadership is jubilant after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won three out of four posts of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU). It has won the posts of DUSU president, vice president and joint secretary whereas the rival Congress’s students’ wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) bagged the secretary’s post.
The DUSU election results portend ill for the Congress. Conversely, it may bring cheer on the faces of the BJP supporters., ahead of 2019 polls. Since mroe than two decades, whoever winning DUSU polls are making impressive performance in the next general elections. That’s why the poll campaign resembles general elections.
On the past five occasions, the party which won the DU Students’ Union election went on to win the Lok Sabha election the next year. This happened in the Lok Sabha elections that took place a year after the DUSU elections held in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. This year’s DUSU election results are similar to those witnessed in 2013.
The ABVP had won the posts of president, vice president and joint secretary in 2013 too. And in the next year’s Lok Sabha election, the BJP-led NDA trounced Manmohan Singh-led UPA government. With Narendra Modi as their prime ministerial candidate, the NDA bagged 325 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP alone won 282 seats, 10 more than the majority mark of 272.
In the 1997 DUSU election, the ABVP swept all the four posts of the president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary. The BJP-led NDA with late Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the prime minister came to power in the 1998 Lok Sabha election.
Akash Choudhary, the lone winning candidate of the NSUI, alleged that fair elections were not conducted and data of seven EVMs were missing. The Chief Electoral Officer clarified that the EVMs used in DUSU elections have not been issued by the Election Commission and that it seems to have been procured privately.
The counting had to be suspended for few hours following glitch in the EVMs but was resumed in the evening amid heavy police deployment. The NSUI demanded fresh polling, while the ABVP demanded resumption of counting.