New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 12: The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections are underway and in all probability it will be a triangular contest this time, with the entry of the alliance of All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) student wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS).
In the morning of 12 September, the voting started at 8.30 am and is expected to end by 7.30 pm.
Nearly 1.40 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates.
The results will be announced on Thursday. The turnout till afternoon was around 50%.
From NSUI comes the promise of the "Institute of Eminence" tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10. On the other hand the ABVP has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union's budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.
In 2017, a total of 10 candidates contested for the presidential post with the main contestants being Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)'s Rajat Choudhary, National Students' Union of India (NSUI)'s Rocky Tusheed, AISA's Parul Chauhan and independents Raja Choudury and Alka.
AAP leader Atishi Marlena while releasing the manifesto said the main agenda of the two groups was to oppose "commercialisation" of higher education and to curb the use of "muscle and money power" in student politics. CYSS Delhi convenor Sumit Yadav added that the alliance would work towards “zero tolerance” towards violence on campus.