ABVP assured of gaining all the four seatsSeptember 9, 2014
Stating clearly that they were fully confident of winning all the four seats in this year’s Delhi University Students’ Union elections, with no other student organisation standing a chance, the Right-affiliated AkhilBharatiyaVidyarthiParishad (ABVP) released its manifesto on8 September.
“We are definitely going to win all the four seats this time, and that too with a huge margin...If anyone comes physically to the university, they can see the sheer number of students who are supporting us,” said vice-president candidate Pravesh Malik, while releasing the manifesto that has been categorised under different heads like “academic reforms, sports, and infrastructure” among other things.
When people in the audience pointed out that the Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA) was being talked about quite a bit by students, the ABVP said that the same sort of stories were being circulated last year but the AISA had not managed to win anything.
“There are 50 colleges that come under the DUSU; to campaign properly you need a lot of time, energy and strength. The AISA simply does not have the numbers and they bring in their members from other universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University and JamiaMilliaIslamia to distribute their pamphlets and talk to students. They also copy issues from our manifesto – we were the one who spoke first about university buses and Metro passes,” said ABVP state secretary SaketBahuguna.
The ABVP leader added that most students were aware that the AISA members were lathi-charged for issues far removed from the student politics like the Palestinian issue, but they were nowhere to be seen when the police were lathi-charging and tear-gassing the ABVP activists while protesting for the rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme.
The ABVP was quick to say that the AISA remained far behind their traditional rival, the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). And, given the “general losing rate” of the NSUI in recent times, even that competition was not something that they were worried about.
“The NSUI is being laughed at for their sudden turnaround in the FYUP issue; they are losing everywhere,” said ABVP national secretary RohitChahal, pointing out that they were barely visible in the university. ABVP presidential candidate Mohit Nagar said student activism that they had carried out throughout the year and their success last year when they controlled the union were added factors that would contribute to their win. Their secretary candidate KanikaShekawat said that unlike the NSUI, whose candidates are seen just 10 days before the elections, the ABVP team had been chosen based on the work they had done throughout the year. “We have been visible protesting in the sun all year around,” she added. Their joint secretary candidate is AshutoshMathur, a first-year student of ZakirHussain College.