ABVP, the student's body linked to the ruling BJP, has won three of the top posts of the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) but ceded one position to the Congress's student wing NSUI. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Amit Tanwar, Priyanka Chabri and Ankit Sangwan were elected DUSU President, Vice President and Secretary respectively. Mohit Sangwan of the NSUI (National Students' Union of India) won the Joint Secretary post.
Last year, the AVBP had swept the DUSU polls, winning all of the four top positions as well as in 2014. The Aam Aadmi Party's Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, which was defeated last year in its debut, did not contest the polls this year. A significant number of 17,712 NOTA votes which were introduced for the first time in DUSU polls, were also exercised by the students. In the keenly contested President's post, Amit Tanwar got 16,357 votes defeating NSUI candidate Nikhil Yadav by a margin of 4,680 votes, Rawat said.
Priyanka, who is the lone girl in the elected panel, obtained 15,592 votes. She defeated her closest rival by a margin of 2,455 votes votes. Ankit Singh Sangwan, who won the Secretary's post got 15,518 votes. He won by a margin of 1,383 votes. NSUI's winning candidate Mohit Garid garnered the maximum votes in the elected panel at 16,526 votes, winning the seat by a margin of 2466 votes. The DUSU polls were held yesterday in two phases for electing representatives from 17 candidates of ABVP, AISA and NSUI.
While seven candidates were in the race for the post of President, 4 nominations were validated for the post of Vice-President. Over 36 per cent out of a total of 1,23,246 voters had cast their votes at 117 booths in 51 colleges. Celebrations broke out with supporters of the winning candidates dancing to the drumbeats and distributing sweets outside the counting centre The winners were garlanded and procession were taken out by ABVP supporters who paid tributes at Swami Vivekanand's statue in the Arts Faculty of the university.