New Delhi: After welcoming its freshers
following a long admission season, Delhi University is now
gearing up for its much-celebrated students union elections
when major student parties will throw in their weights to make
their presence felt.
Warming up for the battle, the two major political
heavyweights -- ABVP and NSUI -- student wings of the BJP and
Congress respectively -- welcomed freshers to colleges.
Beginning the exercise to organise the election, the
Vice Chancellor too has appointed Prof Usha Rao of the Botany
department as the Chief Election Officer for the conduct of
the DUSU elections for the year.
The Vice Chancellor has also appointed the Principals
of the colleges and Heads of Institutions affiliated to the
University Students Union as election officers for the conduct
of elections of the office bearers and members of the central
council of DUSU, the University said in a statement today.
The elections last year saw Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi
Parishad dislodge the National Students Union of India`s
eight-year hold on DU`s student body.
While ABVP, which now controls the students panel,
will look to hold on to its position, the Congress-affiliated
NSUI will look to strike back after a poor show last year.
While the two bodies are still away from announcing
their candidates, their billboards can be seen welcoming
students to colleges of the University.
The two groups have also stepped up efforts to make
their presence felt in the campus. While the NSUI last week
took up the cause of students who were dissatisfied with sport
quota selections in Motilal Nehru college, the ABVP has taken
up the cause of students who are unhappy with extra curricular
activity-based admissions in the Hindu college.