Going by elections at the college level, the traditional rivalry between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad and National Students’ Union of India continues. However, it would be wrong to write off AAP’s Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) based on these polls as they did not field any candidates at this level. By Friday evening, ABVP had an edge in 25 colleges while NSUI and its supported panelists were winning in 18 colleges.
Results of evening colleges were not announced till the filing of this report. Newcomer Students Organization of India, affiliated to Shiromani Akali Dal, also managed to win in two out of the three colleges it contested in. But, a buzz prevailed that a high voter turnout could have a positive impact on CYSS’ vote share or even AISA’s fortune.
While voting was brisk in the early hours, it fizzled out as the day progressed. The turnout fell further in evening colleges, which is a deviation from usual. The Delhi University election office stated that the total voting percentage was 43.3%, just 0.1% less than last year’s turnout.
“We have not contested in any college poll. But we are sure of doing well in all four posts of DUSU elections on Saturday,” said Anmol Panwar, vice-president, CYSS.
ABVP won the posts of president in SRCC, Miranda House, Shivaji, Hindu, Hans Raj, SGND Khalsa, Ram Lal Anand and Ramanujan, among other colleges. NSUI tasted success in Zakir Husain, Aurobindo, Dayal Singh and PGDAV, among others.
Stating that this was an indication of things to come on Saturday, ABVP national secretary Rohit Chahal said, “Being a cadre-based party, unlike NSUI, the college results will translate in our favour in the central panel like in 2013 and 2014. There has been some mobilization in favour of AISA in North Campus and CYSS in Kalkaji area, but that will ensure them just the third position.”
Even after its drubbing by ABVP in the last two elections, NSUI is in an upbeat mood. “It will be saffron safaya as we are confident of winning at least three of the four central panel posts,” claimed Amrish Ranjan, spokesperson, Youth Congress.
Polling went on without any untoward incident amid high security. Delhi Police detained AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha and two supporters from North Campus for breaching the election code of conduct and trying to influence voters. The Burari MLA and his supporters Aashish Tyagi and Neeraj Pathak had reached the campus around 12.20pm and interacted with students going to cast their votes at Ramjas College. They were let off by the cops after some time.
Tibia College recorded the highest voting of 91%, while Shaheed Bhagat Singh College recorded the lowest with 21%. North Campus colleges like SRCC (70%), Hindu (60%) and Hansraj (49%) also saw high voter turnout, but Ramjas and SGTB Khalsa recorded a poor voting percentage.