A total of 38 students will now contest the much-awaited Delhi University Students’ Union elections scheduled to take place on September 14.

The short-listed candidates were announced by the university election officer on Thursday evening, after 130 provisionally-shortlisted candidates either withdrew their nominations or were rejected for varied reasons. The elections will have 13 candidates fighting for the post of president, with seven candidates in the fray for vice-president and nine each for the posts of secretary and joint secretary.

The prominent organisations in the fray are the Bharatiya Janata Party-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) followed closely by the Left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA).

The announcement of the final list also heralded the arrival of serious campaigning with all the major players officially fielding their candidates.

ABVP is fielding Buddhist Studies student Ankit Dhananjay Chaudhary for the post of president, Hans Raj College student Gaurav Chaudhary for vice- president, Bhagini Nivedita College student Ritu Rana for secretary and Law faculty student Raveena Chaudhary for the post of joint secretary.

The NSUI which clinched the post of president last year, has fielded Arun Hooda, a second year student of Buddhist studies for the president's post.