Pawan Yadav contested the election against NSUI candidate Deepak Kumar Meena and Sanjay Machedi of ABVP. It was a big setback to ABVP and NSUI.
Performance of NSUI had been dismal. It slid to third position. Deepak Kumar Meena had been fielded by NSUI for the presidential post.
Pawan Yadav had said that he was confident of his victory.
“I have been working for the walfare of students for the past several years. I will continue to raise the voice of RU students in the future. I would like to thank my supporters and all the students who showed confidence in me,” said Yadav.
NSUI rebel Rahul Bhakar was in the fight as an independent candidate. Independent candidates have always played an important role in RU polls. An independent candidate won this year too. Independents in fact grabbed the top post twice in the past seven years.
ABVP has not won a student election in Rajasthan University since 2013.
Student union polls restarted in Rajasthan in 2010. In three of the first four years, ABVP bagged the presidential post, but has been losing all the elections since then. NSUI has won twice first in 2014 and then in 2015.
List of Rajasthan University student union presidents:
2010 – Manish Yadav (ABVP)
2011 – Prabha Choudhary (Independent)
2012 – Rajesh Meena (ABVP)
2013 – Kanaram Jat (ABVP)
2014 – Anil Chopra (NSUI)
2015 – Satveer Choudhary (NSUI)
2016 – Ankit Dhayal (Independent)
Nine student leaders contented in the elections for the top post. A total of 18 nominations were filed. Nine candidates withdrew their nominations on Thursday.