Roji M John, a student activist from Kerala, was Wednesday elected as the national president of the NSUI.
He has become the first “elected” president of the Congress students’ wing after the party second-in-command Rahul Gandhi shrugged off criticism about the internal election process he had introduced in the students’ and youth wings of the party and decided that the next president of the NSUI will be elected and not nominated.
John, who was vice-president of the NSUI in-charge of Organisational Elections and Unit Management, replaces incumbent Rohit Chaudhary.
John secured 36 out of 62 votes in the electoral college, consisting of 34 state presidents and 28 national office-bearers.
Amrita Dhawan, Mohit Sharma and Kumar Raja, who bagged most number of votes after John were made national vice-presidents. They were earlier general secretaries in the NSUI.
John said the NSUI could return to agitational days since the NDA government is showing signs of “working against the interests of students”.
He cited the UPSC exam row to back his charge. Rahul met the new leadership of the NSUI and asked them to work aggressively for the students cause. He is learnt to have told them to be ready for struggle and agitation since the Congress is now in the opposition.