Congress backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) won the M S University Students Union (MSUSU) election held on the campus.The elections are held in a time frame of two years. Candidates won on both the top positions General secretary (GS) and vice-president (VP) of MSUSU, by defeating their major -rival BJP affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
In the historic feat, the Congress supported parties retained the top posts of the students union even after a gap of two years. In 2013, when the students union polls were last held, the NSUI had swept the polls by bagging the top posts.Interstingly they won it after 9 long years.Ahead of this year’s elections, VVS had merged with ABVP which had given a united fight to the NSUI candidates but still they managed to emerge as the winners ahead of tough competition.
NSUI’s GS candidate Hitesh Batra won by a margin of 2,101 votes defeating ABVP’s GS candidate Shubham Koul, NSUI’s VP candidate Priyanka Patel won by a margin of 1,027 votes defeating ABVP’s VP candidate Simran Modi.A total of 16 candidates were in the fray for the post of VP and six for the post of GS. It was for the first time that the students were also given the option of ‘none of the above’ during the polls.
The elections had witnessed a turnout of 42.23 per cent as 15,283 out of 36,193 students who were eligible for voting had exercised their right to franchise earlier in the day. The record high voting per cent, especially at Faculty of Science, had left ABVP camp baffled with surprise.
This election was also the first time that the students union elections were held based on the guidelines issued by J M Lyngdoh committee- which were made mandatory after the verdict of the Apex court in the year 2006.