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AISA manages to bag 30,000 votes despite low voter turnout on poll day

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) between themselves captured all seats in the Delhi University Students’ Union elections. But the Left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA) is celebrating  a victory of its own. AISA had made significant gains in the elections with its candidates in the third place in almost all the seats.

The total votes pulled by all the four candidates of AISA is almost 30,000.  Its presidential candidate Kawalpreet Kaur has managed 5,682 votes and its vice-president candidate managed an impressive 7,644 votes. While Amish Verma, secretarial candidates got 8,472 votes, Anjali Nirmal, the joint-secretary candidate got 8,078 votes.

“Despite ABVP and NSUI winning posts, the disgust, criticisms that their campaigns generated is clear from the resultant low voter turnout in the elections which shows that it is now more than ever that DU students need an alternative model of politics. They have supported AISA yet again despite our posters not defacing every wall in Delhi. It is now upon us to take up this challenge and make an organisation large enough to defeat ABVP and NSUI,” Kawalpreet Kaur, AISA’s presidential candidate said.

“Despite low turnout, AISA put up a strong show in the DUSU Elections. Despite repeated assaults (cases & FIRs registered in various police stations in the last couple of months) AISA has reaffirmed it’s strong presence as the third pole and the only legitimate alternative against the politics of money, muscle and littering by ABVP and NSUI,” said Aman, president of AISA, DU.

“AISA also managed to increase its vote share in every post. In president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary votes it saw an increase of 2, 9, 8 and 2 per cents respectively. This is despite the fact that the elections were marred by low participation and various reports of malpractice,” added Aman.

This year, a total of 17,712 have pressed the NOTA button.
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