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Was a ‘dummy candidate’ used in Delhi University Students’ Union elections?

Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections were held earlier this month in which the student wing of Indian National Congress, National Students Union of India (NSUI) won the President and Vice President posts.

However, questions has been raised on the candidature of one Raja Choudhary, an independent candidate, who contested for the president post against ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad, student wing of the Rashtriya Sevak Sangh) candidate Rajat Choudhary.

Not only was his name similar sounding to ABVP’s candidate, his pamphlet said he represented Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad, which abbreviates to ABVP. Raja got over 3,000 votes whereas Rajat, ABVP candidate lost by 2,000 votes.

Speculations are rife that dummy candidate was fielded by NSUI to cut into the votes of ABVP candidate Rajat.

However, the actual reason to worry for all political parties is the fact that NOTA (none of the above) came third in all the posts.

This is not the first time similar sounding candidates were fielded against someone. In 2014 General Elections too, the BJP candidate from Mahasamund, Chattisgarh, Chandulal Sahu was in a fix when 10 independent candidates with same name had filed nominations from the same constituency. That time too, it was alleged Congress leader Ajit Jogi’s hand in it.

Meanwhile, Congress has credited the DUSU election win of NSUI to Rahul Gandhi’s speech in University of California, Berkeley.

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