National Students Union of India (NSUI) has made a stunning comeback by winning two posts, including the crucial Presidential one in the DUSU elections. The unconventional strategy and the decision to start the campaigning early helped NSUI make a comeback in the Delhi University this year, claimed student leaders. The next step would be to ‘keep the peace’ in the campus, says leaders and DU faculty members. NSUI started campaigning with #TakeBackDU campaign and a digital manifesto as soon as the election dates were notified, reports Indian Express. The organisation claims that the controversy followed by the cancellation of Rocky Tuseed’s candidature prior to the elections eventually worked in their favour. Abhay Kumar, a political science teacher at Daulat Ram College said, “Before the election process started, the NSUI got down to work and highlighted the misuse of funds within DUSU. These things were important.”
Compared to ABVP, the election campaigning of NSUI was low profile, says Kumar. Indian Express quotes Kumar saying, “The NSUI was known to campaign with lots of pamphlets and cars. This year, across the university, it was the ABVP that was most visible.” Reportedly in 2014, ABVP won all the four posts after a gap of 18 years. Students across the campus believe that ABVP’s loss was due to the Ramjas College violence which had erupted in the JNU campus after Umar Khalid was invited to an event.