Even as the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party prepare to recontest the Delhi Assembly polls, their student factions locked horns on Wednesday in Delhi University, where the undergraduate admission process is currently in full-swing.
The right-wing students’ organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the students’ wing of AAP, Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), came to blows around 1.30 pm on North Campus.
ABVP national secretary Rohit Chahal said, “Around 1.30 pm, a group of five-six boys wearing badges of the AAP’s student wing beat up one of our activists. A PCR call was made immediately and a complaint registered.”
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A statement issued by AAP defended CYSS, alleging that the ABVP workers had tried to remove a CYSS helpdesk outside Daulat Ram College.
“ABVP workers, led by their national leaders, made repeated attempts to remove the helpdesk set up by CYSS volunteers outside the college. They resorted to violence when the CYSS leaders requested them to desist from disturbing the peace. The attackers who beat up the volunteers and students were led by the ABVP national secretary,” the AAP statement said.
Lashing out at CYSS, Chahal said, “This student group, which has made no contribution towards the students’ movement in DU and elsewhere, is resorting to such acts to gain media attention. DU students will give them a fitting reply in the coming days.”
The incident comes two months before the elections for the DU Students’ Union are expected to take place. Previously, student union politics was centred around a battle between the ABVP and the Congress backed National Students’ Union of India. This year, the CYSS is making inroads on the campus.
The AAP has asked the university administration to take action with regard to the incident.
“Coming shortly after the authorities’ flip-flop on the suspension of five officials on the issue of the admission card of the Union Human Resources Development minister becoming public, these incidents of hooliganism by the ABVP workers further shows the authorities in poor light,” the AAP statement said.
Police said that both parties had registered a case against one another at the Maurice Nagar police station.
The FIR has been registered under section 323 and 341 of the IPC.