The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday termed the ABVP's win in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections as a victory of youths' faith in the ideology of nationalism and a mandate against divisive and opportunist politics.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), bagged three posts, including president, in the DUSU elections.
"Hearty congratulations to all workers of the ABVP on its grand win in the DUSU polls. It is not only a victory of youths' faith in nationalist ideology but also their mandate against divisive and opportunist politics," the BJP president tweeted.
The National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the students wing of the Congress, won only one seat in the elections.
ABVP's Ankiv Basoya won the presidential post defeating NSUI's Sunny Chillar with a margin of 1,744 votes while party's candidate Shakti Singh was elected as the vice president with a margin of 7,673 votes. NSUI's Akash Choudhary won the polls for the post of secretary while ABVP's Jyoti Chaudhary emerged victorious on the joint secretary post.
Meanwhile, the AAP and the Congress held EVMs responsible for their defeat.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said that the NSUI would have won more seats if the EVMs were not "tampered" with.
"Our candidate won by 6,000 votes on the post of secretary in DUSU polls. Our candidates were leading in counting when the EVMs malfunctioned. We would have won more seats if the EVMS were not tampered with," Maken claimed.
Earlier in the day, AAP convener (Delhi) Gopal Rai also alleged EVM tampering and said, "If the EVMs cannot ensure fair elections in DUSU, how will the Election Commission ensure fail polls in the country."
(With PTI inputs)