Parties, leaders head to campus as DUSU poll campaign hots up

Taking tips: ABVP turns to RSS, BJP for candidate selection, NSUI campaign on accommodation receives Maken backing

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 30, 2014 12:35:06 am
During an ABVP rally in DU’s South Campus on Friday. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand) During an ABVP rally in DU’s South Campus on Friday. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

Gearing up for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections, scheduled on September 12, students’ organisations have turned to parent political parties for tips and support.

Encouraged by the BJP’s sweep in the Lok Sabha polls, its student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has sought suggestions from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP in selecting candidates for the university polls.

“The BJP has asked all its mandal-level units to prepare a list of student candidates in the area. The Sangh is also helping us. However, the main campaigning is being done by our student members. The Lyngdoh Committee does not allow outsiders to take part in DUSU campaigning,” an ABVP member said.

While senior leaders are refraining from any direct involvement in the polls, some politicians are making their presence felt on campus by visiting the university or by publicly expressing support for their students’ wings. On Friday, BJP MP Anurag Thakur paid a visit to Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in North Campus. Although the event was organised by the college to felicitate meritorious students, Thakur spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the country.

Similarly, Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has launched a ‘Right to Accommodation’ campaign, for which they have the support of former Union Minister Ajay Maken.

“The Congress is very interested in the university polls and they have extended full support to us. However, there is no interference from the party in the campaigning,” NSUI spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey said.

Both students’ organisations have also taken to social media platforms to gather support. NSUI is also organising street plays to draw attention to various issues — accommodation, safety for women and Northeast students, need for encouraging sports among the youth and lack of infrastructure.

A sports meet organised by the NSUI in the next few days will see Congress heavyweights Ajay Maken, Oscar Fernandes and Arvinder Singh Lovely interact with university students, Pandey said.

Meanwhile, the students’ wing of the AAP, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), has decided not to contest DUSU polls this year. According to CYSS members, most student members are working for the Assembly elections as the party is concentrating on the Delhi polls for now.

“Like last year, DUSU polls have come at a time when the AAP is mobilising support for the Delhi Assembly elections. Most of us have become full time AAP volunteers,” Anuj, a CYSS member said.

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