New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Deependra Hooda along with office bearers of party’s student wing, NSUI went on indefinite hunger strike alleging discrepancies in counting of votes for the Delhi University Student Union polls.
DU’s Election Commission maintained that the complaint has been forwarded to the university’s grievance cell, which deals with such issues.
The National Students Union of India, bagged the post of Joint Secretary in DUSU polls the results of which were announced in Delhi on Saturday. The outfit made a comeback in DU panel after a gap of two years.
The office bearers and supporters, however, alleged that there were discrepancies in the polling and counting process and demanded that the counting of votes should be done again. After the announcement of the results, the protesters ghearoed the Vice Chancellor’s office and staged an agitation raising their demands.
“Member of Parliament Deependra Hooda, AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar, NSUI President Amrita Dhawan and other office bearers are on indefinite hunger strike,” said Angelica Aribam, NSUI National Secretary.
“We demand recounting of the votes polled for all the posts and the election commission should furnish us the recordings of the counting process. To ensure transparency we should also be told number of votes polled per voting machine and secured by each candidate,” she added.
The student outfit demanded that until the said issues are resolved no DUSU office bearer should be allowed to take charge and the elections for the Executive Council be postponed.
“The EC said that only students with fee slips till August 31 will be allowed to vote. We came to know that it hasn’t been uniformly implemented.
“Yesterday we were informed by voters that when ballot number 5 was pressed for the post of President in Aurobindo College, it went to ballot number 1 which was for ABVP. Similar complaints were received from other colleges as well. We demand re-election in these colleges,” Ms Aribam said.
DS Rawata, Election Commissioner for DUSU polls said, “as per Lyngdoh committee recommendations any issue after the announcement of results has to be referred to the grievance cell and I have forwarded the complaint. Now it is for them to take a call on the issue”.
DUSU is the representative body of students from most of the colleges and faculties of the universities. This year, RSS’ student outfit, ABVP, maintained its dominance in DUSU polls bagging three seats including that of the president.