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A rather cold D-Day at Delhi University

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VOTERS' DAY: The scene elsewhere at Delhi University may have been rather quiet, but there was quite a turnout of voters at Miranda House. PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY

NEW DELHI: The much-talked about elections for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) turned out to be a rather lacklustre affair on Friday with colour and enthusiasm clearly missing among students and the turnout of voters being put at a moderate 40-45 per cent at the end of the day.

While D-Day saw the usual chit card war at the gates and pamphlets strewn across the campus roads, a high turnout on the North Campus was seen only at Ramjas College where 1,088 students voted and the Law Faculty where 872 voters turned up.

An exciting day for the freshers, who exercised their choice to vote for the very first time, college elections were once again the priority for most students.

"The advantage of voting for college elections is that you know the person you are voting for. Also, the issues raised during these elections usually concern us directly and we know we can question those elected later about the work done. The DUSU panel, on the other hand, simply disappears after the polls,'' said Sanjay, a student at Hindu College.

The low turnout of voters was also explained by a number of students being unable to vote because of the extraordinary delay in announcement of examination results this year. With a number of second and third year students yet to get their identity cards, many were forced to return from the polling booths without casting their ballot.

"The turnout was average, but there was a lot of crowd outside the colleges where the campaigning was being done. Most of us were not allowed to stay on in the college after voting either. The only sad part was that a number of seniors who have not got the admit cards because of the delay in examination results could not vote. Many of them came thinking their fee slips might be enough, but were refused entry,'' said a B.A student at Deshbandhu College.

Poll freebies

With the elections turning them into king for a day, it was also an opportunity to pocket the freebies coming their way. "We got notepads, pens and bookmarkers from both parties. Since a number of these are simply thrust into your hand, you end up with quite a collection at times,'' said Supriya, a North Campus student.

The fight for the top post will once again be between the National Students' Union of India, which has literally dominated campus politics over the past five years, and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which will be making another attempt at a comeback. While former DUSU Secretary Ragini Nayak is pitted for the president's post from NSUI, it is Sunder Dagar from ABVP's side.

The results will be announced on Saturday morning.

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