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Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech won hearts of students: Ajay Maken on DUSU victory 

At the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi, 47, spoke about his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world's largest democracy.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2017 9:44 pm
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s speech at the University of California, Berkeley, won the hearts of the student community, leading to the victory of NSUI candidates in Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said on Friday.

The Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) made a comeback in the DUSU, wresting the crucial posts of president and vice president from the RSS-affiliated ABVP. NSUI candidates Rocky Tusheed and Kunal Sehrawat defeated their respective ABVP rivals on the posts of president and vice president. The ABVP managed to bag the posts of secretary and joint secretary.

“The victory of NSUI candidates shows that the student community has whole-heartedly accepted the speech given by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the university in Berkeley in the US on September 12,” Maken said.

At the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi, 47, spoke about his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy.

It also showed that the students have “rejected” the speech given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Swami Vivekananda on September 11, he claimed. “The youth, who helped Modi record a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections, have become disillusioned with him,” Maken said in a press conference held after the victory of NSUI candidates.

Maken also alleged that an effort was made by the BJP and its government at the Centre to “influence” the DUSU polls. “For the first time in the history, the DUSU elections were held on a week day, 12th September, instead of on weekend, like Friday or Saturday, in a bid to make the students listen to Modi’s speech on September 11, and influence the student community,” he charged.

Maken also said that legal recourse may be taken in NSUI candidate Avinash Yadav’s defeat on the joint secretary post. Yadav was defeated by ABVP’s Uma Shankar by a margin of 342 votes, with NSUI alleging that CCTV cameras at counting venue went blank during the counting of votes.

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  1. Shirley Telles
    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:48 am
    It WAS a good speech. The fact is the masses need short slogans thundered at them. Promising them the moon and more! Never mind what happens later :) This kind of speech will work for academics not for the masses. Modify the message for the Masses. THEN it will reach them.
    1. N
      Sep 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm
      Inclusiveness cannot be sustainable -when there is no accountability at the state and centre level 2.Corruption is pervading every where from top to bottom.3.Lack of commitment or non cooperation by protests and strikes 4.Eroded public ins utional structure 5.Lack of access to justice 6.there is gender injustice.7 Internal security threat.Further liberalisation of economy seems to act acts against inclusiveness. Finally the word socialism seems to have been replaced by the word inclusiveness. Countries like Brazil is not in favour of inclusiveness.
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        Dev Verma
        Sep 14, 2017 at 1:20 am
        His speech at berkeley was like " utey hein maa key laal kush kar key dikhayengay magar hua kiya kereingay ia giri aur mooth maath key sau jayengay...this is what exactly happened there and congress is reacting out of proporation showing salla himalaya chad ker aa giya.
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          Dev Verma
          Sep 14, 2017 at 1:12 am
          O'kitna chaney key padh per chadaogey usey. Have you seen his face while in press speech. I feel something is wrong with these chamcha's of congress kub tuk TLO kerogay,reason behind congress fall is these sycho....'s Ajay have some dignity of your own and how long you guys will stay in power while doing chaploosi.
          1. P
            Sep 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm
            Yes you should have some dignity of your own.How long you will continue to support a persons who says one thing but does some other .It is fact that Modi's Modi is a RSS prachark for the last 47 years and he has been making speeches only.He hs rewarded Manohar Lal Ji khattar with the post of CM of Haryana. Khattar's only qualification is that he and Modi used to share room when Modi was a RSS pracharak in Haryana .Same is the case with most of the other appointees of Modi JI. Now who is a chaploos and who is a dignified man. I think a man who does not keep his words and is in the habit of making speeches for the sake of speech only and knowing in the heart of his heart that he is saying the things which he will never do does not deserve to be in the good books of intelligent person like you
          2. P
            Sep 14, 2017 at 12:23 am
            I wonder which speech the bootlicker watched and which room was he at. For a man in his forties, trying to be a PM candidate, his speech answers afterwards were not of a man with full head over his shoulders. This guy is not all "upthere" missing quite a few s! If he is the best Congress got, say bye bye!
            1. G
              Sep 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm
              From the language and limited vocabulary used by you, you appear to be one of the low paid parrot of Shri Modi ji .You will be paid at higher rate only if you use some more adjectives of low grade what ever you write as comments.
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