He was suspended from the University and stripped off his post in the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) for smearing shoe polish South Campus Director Umesh Rai’s face. Barely two months later, his face, along with that of Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani, beams proudly on posters and hoardings across the campus.
The university may have banned Raju Rawat, the former DUSU joint secretary from stepping on campus, but you can’t miss many posters — thanking Rawat and Irani for their “contribution” towards rolling back FYUP — at strategic locations.
“Rawat is a democratically elected leader of Delhi University, and orders to suspend him and ban him from DU are illegal. We have filed a case against the university’s autocratic order,” Saket Bahuguna, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), general secretary said.
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In April, a group of students led by Rawat, smeared black shoe polish attacked the Rai after he allegedly “insulted” BJP’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Speaking of the incident, Rawat said, “My method may have been wrong, but the university has been unfair to me. In the last four months, six FIRS have been registered against me, some of them absolutely baseless,” Rawat said.
Now, with DU actually looking a possible rollback of the course introduced last year, Rawat can’t help but feel a sense of vindication. “Since this programme was introduced, I have fought against it tooth and nail. I won DUSU elections too on the same cause. With help from HRD Minister, I have been able to deliver on the promise I made to the students. So my face is on the posters,” he said.