DUSU election 2017: The crucial Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections are being held on Tuesday. The poster controversy has garnered enough eyeballs leading up to the polls. DUSU is considered as a stronghold of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) these days even though NSUI does provide stiff competition. This election is taking place days after the united-Left alliance retained all four seats in the JNU students union election, defeating the RSS-backed ABVP by a considerable margin. Congress’s students’ organization National Students Union of India (NSUI) is hoping to give a tough competition to ABVP this year too. Last year, while ABVP had won the post of president, vice president and secretary, NSUI was elected to the post of joint secretary.
Here is all you want to know about Delhi University Students’ Union Elections:
1. Time Schedule: Students enrolled for the regular – day classes – will be able to cast their votes from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm. The evening classes students will have the chance to exercise franchise from 3.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
2. ABVP has fielded Rajat Choudhary for the post of the President, Parth Rana for Vice President, Mahamedha for the post of General Secretary and Uma Shankar Joint Secretary.
3. NSUI has fielded Rocky Tuseed for president’s post, Kunal Sehrawat for the post of vice-president, Meenakshi Meena for Secretary and Avinash Yadav for Joint Secretary.
4. Apart from these traditional political power houses, Left organisations like AISA and SFI have also fielded candidates.
5. The Delhi High Court yesterday had issued show cause notice to candidates of various parties contesting today’s Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections as to why action should not be taken against them for allegedly defacing public property with their posters.
6. The high court also pulled up the Delhi Police for not taking action or arresting the violators for the offence of defacing public properties which attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the offence was cognisable and liable to be punished and a strong message should go so that the violators learn a lesson.
7. The court also had issued show cause notice to over 10 candidates of various parties, including RSS-backed ABVP and Congress-backed NSUI, and asked them to explain why action should not be taken against them for allegedly defacing public property by pasting advertisements and putting banners.
8. It asked the Election Commission to ensure that notice is served to the candidates. Among others, the court issued show cause notice to NSUI’s presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed and ABVP’s Ankit Basoya and Mahamedha Nagar and listed the matter for hearing on September 20.
9. During the hearing, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation told the court that they have removed the banners. This, however, did not impress the bench which asked the corporations what action they have taken against the violators and how many have been arrested.
10. The police said they have lodged 33 FIRs in this regard and issued direction that any illegal defacement of properties will be dealt with heavy hands. The court, however, asked “How many have been arrested? Can’t you identify the people? Whose posters are they? Under which sections FIRs have been lodged? We had asked you to take action. What have you done?”