After 10 yrs,NSUI wins top MSU students’ union posts

Modi 'youth icon' posters find no takers

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:August 25, 2013 4:57 am

The Congress’s student wing,National Students Union of India,has won the top posts in the students’ union election at the Maharaja Sayajirao University,after a gap of 10 years.

The NSUI completely wiped out the BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the results announced late on Friday.

In February,the NSUI had won six of the 10 seats in the Gujarat University student senate elections,reversing the last polls’ results in which the ABVP had won six and NSUI four.

The BJP,which had put up posters of Chief Minister Narendra Modi around the MSU campus,describing him a ‘youth icon’,began removing them after the results started coming in of ABVP losing the posts of vice-president and general secretary. The NSUI won both the seats — the first time after 2004. The Congress was quick to point out that the BJP’s attempt to project Modi as the youth icon had backfired. “The party is trying to save its face as well as that of Modi by removing the hoardings just a day after it was defeated at the hands of NSUI candidates. The attempt to project Modi as a youth icon to garner votes of the students backfired,” Vadodara city Congress president Narendra Ravat said on Saturday.

Around a dozen hoardings with Modi’s photograph,asking people to join “Youth for Change” Facebook page,had come up in the city two weeks ahead of the MSU student’s union elections,though there was no mention of the ABVP or BJP in these posters. “The posters were a campaign strategy of the BJP to garner votes of MSU students,but it failed miserably,” Ravat said.

The BJP said it lent outside support to the ABVP by putting up these hoardings. “The ABVP’s defeat is their own fault and they should try and figure out what went wrong. We did lend support to the ABVP by seeking youth support. We believe Modi is a youth icon and around 5 lakh youth joining the BJP in the last five days is a testimony to this. Defeat at MSUSU polls will not change the perception,” Vadodara BJP Yuva Morcha president Alpesh Limbachiya said.

In the results declared on Friday,NSUI’s Aneri Shukla was declared V-P and Purvesh Borole GS of MSUSU. Only 35.15 per cent students came out to vote,said MSU officials.

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