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By Ishan Kukreti

North Campus, New Delhi: Delhi University students today voted to select their student body representative who’d be responsible for infrastructural improvements, cultural activities and properly employing funds of the university.

Although, strict rules were to be followed regarding use of funds for posters, pamphlets and other campaign materials bythe Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) election commission, the same openly flaunted with  party members openly distributing pamphlets, and using printed posters.

Polling started at eight in the morning and saw strictly monitored movement of students across North Campus of Delhi University. Chatra Marg, from Faculty of Arts to Faculty of Law,

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was barricaded by the police, allowing only students with ID cards to enter. The police discouraged students from gathering and standing in groups outside colleges like Ramjas andKirori Mal to keep the possibility of any confrontation between rival political parties to the minimum.

Today’s voting, which took place in 50 DU colleges affiliated to DUSU across Delhi, will decide the fate of candidates from the major parties: AkhilBhartiyaVidharthi Parishad (ABVP), National Student Union of India (NSUI), All India Student Association (AISA) and the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party backed ChhatraYuvaSangharshSamiti (CYSS).

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“A total of 35 candidates are contestingthe four posts of DUSU office bearers. While nine candidates are in race for the post of President, eight are vying for Vice President’s chair,” DS Rawat, DU faculty and Chief Election Commissioner for DUSU polls said.

Talking to NewsGram, ABVP National Secretary RohitChahal said, ” ABVP won all four seats last year, and we’ll win them this year too because we have worked for the students. This year we are focusing on women safety, improving hostel facilities, solving the rent problem faced by students living in the vicinity of campus.”

Although all parties had similar promises to make to the students like rent control, women safety, better connectivity for far away

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colleges, they basically differed in their outlook towards other parties.

While ABVP members felt that CYSS and NSUI have been indulging in muscle and money power politics, NSUI members blamed CYSS of the same.

“Arvind Kejriwal has fooled the people of Delhi, but he will not be able to do that with DU students. CYSS stands no chance in the DUSU elections even with all the muscle and money it is employing.” Vivekanand Pathak, National Sectary, NSUI told NewsGram.

Although DUSU elections have always been a tough fight for all the participants, the debut of AAP’s CYSS in the political area of DU this year will definitely give everyone a run for their money.

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Anti-Punjab Conspiracy: Apologise to Punjabis for Branding them as Drug Addicts, Demands Akali Dal to Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal

A survey by PGIMER had revealed that drugs abuse in Punjab was just around one per cent of the 2.8 crore population in the state

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Chandigarh, Sep 11, 2017: Punjab’s opposition Akali Dal on Sunday said that latest findings of PGIMER survey listing drug addiction in the state at less than a per cent had yet again nailed the “anti-Punjab conspiracy” of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and demanded they apologise to the people.

“The latest comprehensive survey which was carried out in all 22 districts as well as 22 villages in each district, had exposed the anti-Punjab conspiracy of Rahul Gandhi and his team as well as that of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal,” SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a statement here.

“Both leaders and their parties should now tell Punjabis why they branded them as drug addicts and tender an unconditional apology to the people of the state.”

Claiming that the “entire conspiracy was hatched to counter the development narrative of the previous SAD-BJP government”, Badal said though the Congress had succeeded in its goal of achieving power in Punjab, it had caused incalculable damage to its people and its economy.

“Both Congress and AAP played with the lives of the youth and made them virtually unhireable. The image distortion also dented the image of Punjab and Punjabis worldwide,” he said.

Highlighting Rahul Gandhi’s “nefarious role in this sordid chapter of Punjab politics”, Badal said he was “definitely the villain-in-chief”.

“Rahul uttered an utter lie to reap political mileage for his flagging party by claiming in October 2012 at a NSUI function in Chandigarh that 70 per cent of the state’s youth were drug addicts.

“This despite the fact that he knew well that he was reading out a sample survey of drug addicts of which youth formed a big share,” he said.

“During the Punjab assembly campaign this year, he insisted he was speaking the truth and even had the gall to ask Punjabis to admit they were drug addicts. Such behaviour coming from the chosen scion of the Gandhi dynasty is shameful,” he added.

A survey done by a team of doctors and researchers of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research had revealed that drugs abuse in Punjab was just around one per cent of the 2.8 crore population in the state.

Badal said that Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and “his gang of outsiders had also tried to doom the future of the youth by claiming 40 lakh youth were drug addicts”.

“The PGIMER report puts the entire number of addicts in the state at 2.7 lakh. Other reports, included that conducted by AIIMS, had come out with even lower figures than this,” he added.

A detailed survey by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi had put the drug addiction at 0.84 per cent.

“The Punjab government also got a dope test conducted on 3.76 lakh youth who presented themselves for police recruitment. The test, which was conducted by the Baba Farid Health Sciences University, saw only 1.27 per cent candidates testing positive,” Badal said, citing a survey done during the Akali government last year. (IANS)