However, Karishma Thakur of National Students Union of India (NSUI), who elected as the DUSU secretary, said there was "no impact of Narendra Modi" on DUSU elections and that Congress will win Delhi assembly elections impressively as there is "no such thing as Modifactor".
NSUI is student wing of the ruling Congress party. The election yesterday saw a turnout of around 40 per cent. The polls get prominence in view of Delhi assembly polls slated to be held in November, later this year.
The drubbing for NSUI came just a year after it had swept the students union polls, by winning all three top posts. The campaign this time was dominated by issues such as women security and the new four-year undergraduate programme.
Congress party also rejected the claim of Narendra Modi impact on DUSU elections. It pointed to its frontal outfit NSUI's victory in student bodies' elections in Gujarat and Punjab. "If they are saying that ABVP's victory in DUSU this year is a sign of Modi impact and this in indicates that BJP will also win assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, then BJP should be ready to pack up from Gujarat and Punjab where Congress' student wing NSUI won University and College elections recently," party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.
Ahmed, who is AICC in-charge for Delhi, said NSUI recently won in students' union elections at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara after a gap of 10 years despite Modi's posters used in the election campaign there.
"We had also won in Gujarat University and Punjab University elections. While Modi is Chief Minister in Gujarat, it's a Akali-Dal BJP government in Punjab. If losing Delhi University Students Union means Congress will lose elections in Delhi, and then BJP must be on losing trend in Gujarat and Punjab," he argued. Ahmed said that as far DUSU is concerned, Congress had won three posts and BJP one, which has reversed this year and may reverse again next year in favour of Congress.