Aligarh (UP): The results of the elections for the student body of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) were declared late on Monday night.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani has been elected as the president of the students’ union. He defeated Ajay Singh, closest opponent and grandson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Thakur Dalveer Singh with 6719 vote’s margin.
The presidential polls witnessed a triangular battle between BDS student Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani who bagged 9071 votes while BALLB student Ajay Singh received 2353 votes and PhD student, Abu Bakr ranked third, managed to get 2192 votes.
This is the first time in the history of AMU student association, when non-Muslim students contested for the main posts like President and Vice President.
Mashkoor, a resident of Bihar who was socially active in AMU since beginning said, “At present, the situation of the country we are dealing with, we are standing together to fight in a democratic way”.
Born in Garaul, Darbhanga Mashkoor joined AMU after matriculation. His father, Aun Ahmad is a lecturer in MLSM College, Darbhaga. His grandfather Maulana Usman Sahab was Qazi (Shariʿa Judge) for Bihar, Orissa, Bengal and Assam and founding member of Imarat-e-Sharia (Bihar and Orissa).
The vice president’s post has been grabbed by a Kashmiri student, Sajad Subhan Rather, among six contenders. Rather is a History PhD student.
Mohammad Fahad, an Agro-business student, has been elected to the secretary’s post out of five contenders.
The elections for the students’ union of Aligarh Muslim University were held for the posts of president, Vice President, Secretary, cabinet and Court members on Monday.
Out of total university’s electorate of 18,188, about 5,005 belonged to the engineering faculty while 3,196 were from the social science department.
In AMU, there is no involvement of any political party or ideology. Candidates in AMUSU compete for every post individually, without any backing from a political party. However, regional lobbies are quite influential and often put their weight behind one candidate.