As Delhi University (DU) goes to polls on September 12, students’ groups on campus are claiming credit not just for the scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme, but also for initiating the Right to Accommodation Campaign.
Two leading students’ groups at DU — the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — are at loggerheads with each claiming it took up the issue of accommodation for DU students.
While the issue raised by the two students’ groups remain the same, both organisations are blaming each other for not taking up the cause earlier. “The NSUI did not take out a single protest on the issue of accommodation for students during the 15 years when the Congress government was in power in Delhi and the 10 years when they were at the Centre,” Rohit Chahal, ABVP national secretary, said.
The NSUI, on the other hand, claimed they started the campaign in 2012.
“When we started the campaign in 2012, the university administration had said that they did not have enough land. So, we filed RTIs and came to know that the university owned 90 acres of land in Dwarka.
So, we have started demanding that apart from the construction of hostels in each college, a multi-storey building should be constructed in Dwarka to serve as a students’ residence,”NSUI spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey said.