New Delhi: It's voting day at the Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University. A total of 38 candidates from different political affiliations are contesting the elections for different posts.
Campaigning was at its peak in the campuses with candidates covering every corner to reach out to as many students as possible.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s student wing ABVP has, over the past two years, made it a point to target the Congress-led state and Central governments over corruption to mobilise support for its candidates, and this has worked for them.
Campaigning was at its peak with candidates raising popular demands and issues including Unmukt Chand\'s attendance issue.
On the other hand, Congress student wing NSUI has sought to raise topical issues like that of Unmukt Chand's attendance and providing better facilities to and different rules for students who are bringing glory to the country by participating in high levels of competition. Along with the students who take part in other co-curricular activities and NCC.
Ajay Chikara, the last president of the union, was affiliated to NSUI and is sure to strike a chord with the Delhi University students with the issues that matter in the university. In a very confident tone he says, "No one is a competition for us. We are sure of our win because of all the work that we have done in the past years."
Among the major issues that NSUI is raising in this year's election is the demand to introduce evening classes in all Delhi University colleges and faculties so that more number of students can be absorbed. Currently only the Law faculty and a few colleges in the South campus have this provision.
Hostels for students across the city is also high on the NSUI agenda. Chikara adds that they have found out (by Right to Information Act) that there are almost 95 acres of land that is under Delhi University in areas away from the main campus - in Dwarka, Narela, Preet Vihar and other areas.
The post of president is likely to see a direct contest between National Students' Union of India's (NSUI’s) Arun Hooda, a second year student of Buddhist studies, and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's (ABVP’s)Ankit Dhananjoy Chaudhary, also of Buddhist Studies.
Delhi University has 77 affiliated colleges, the number of students run into many thousands. DUSU elections have always witnessed very high level of participation with students turning up in large numbers to cast their votes.
According to guidelines, the Delhi University students were not allowed to use posters or pamphlets in their campaigning.