New Delhi, Sept. 14: The BJP students’ wing today won three of four posts in the Delhi University Students Union, a result jubilant cadres said resonated with the anointment of Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates Aman Awana, Utkarsh Chaudhry and Raju Rawat were elected president, vice-president and joint secretary respectively.
The Congress’s National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), which won three posts last year, bagged just one post. Its candidate, Karishma Thakur, was elected secretary.
The elections were held yesterday, coinciding with Modi’s anointment. The results are significant in the light of the Delhi Assembly elections due this November.
“There is a Narendra Modi effect in the election results. The day he was anointed the prime ministerial candidate, students came out and voted for the ABVP candidates,” said ABVP secretary Rohit Chahal, adding that Modi himself was a former ABVP activist.
ABVP media convener Saket Bahuguna said: “The Gujarat chief minister is very popular among the students. He got a great welcome at the Shri Ram College of Commerce a few months ago.”
The NSUI had controlled the students’ union for the past two years. Bahuguna claimed the students had been unhappy with the state of affairs under the NSUI.
A professor said the results could be viewed as the reflection of the youths’ mood in the country.
Rajkumar Das, who handles the NSUI’s social media relations for Delhi, said: “We do not know how we lost. We had done a lot of work for students, including organising job fairs and special bus services. Yet, we lost. We will analyse the results.”
However, he did not agree that Modi had an impact on the elections. “Maybe the ABVP’s candidates were stronger. But I do not see any Modi effect in the results,” he said.