The Delhi University is said to be a fair reflection on the general politics of Delhi as it captures on a smaller canvas the political landscape.
As such, while the Delhi Congress is upbeat with the election of National Students' Union of India (NSUI) candidate Ajay Chhikara as president, the Bharatiya Janata Party is taking the win of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates on the remaining three posts as clear mandate against the Congress and corruption.
But what is being left unsaid is that more than corruption, it is the caste card that played a crucial role in the elections. A number of senior Congress politicians from Haryana are also learnt to have campaigned hard for the NSUI presidential candidate. Besides, senior party leader Oscar Fernandes had taken the elections very seriously and even discussed their conduct with the Delhi Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The result of specific campaigning for the presidential post throws light on how people from Haryana wielded considerable influence in the polls.
Mr. Chhikara polled over 11,000 votes, while other three candidates of the party polled much less. Similarly, vice president Vikas Choudhary of the ABVP polled over 11,000 votes, indicating a trend in the voting.
A senior BJP leader said while the panel voting was about 8,000 for ABVP candidates and around 6,000 for the NSUI candidates, caste votes made the difference in the case of the president's post. “He was a strong candidate who won on the support of a particular group apart from the panel votes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta claimed the victory of ABVP candidates on three posts proved that the young generation had been “very much offended due to the corruption of Congress.” He said student voters had “taken revenge by defeating the Congress candidates” on three of the four posts at stake.