With Delhi Assembly elections and the polls Delhi University’s Students’ Union (DUSU) round the corner, political parties are using every opportunity to amass support from the city’s youth.
In an effort to boost their morale for the upcoming DUSU elections, scheduled on September 13, senior leaders of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) will meet the student candidates of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Sunday.
Urging the district and block Congress committee presidents, MLAs and municipal councillors to help NSUI students in DUSU elections, DPCC president Jai Prakash Agarwal asked them to introduce the students to people living in their areas.
Congress-backed NSUI swept the DUSU elections last year, winning three of the top four posts, tying with ABVP for the fourth one.
Expressing optimism on the outcome of the DUSU polls this year, NSUI national president Rohit Choudhary said the party would work towards improving facilities available to students in every college.
Meanwhile, members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha — the BJP youth wing — said a similar session with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates had been planned for Tuesday.
However, student leaders of both NSUI and ABVP claimed that had been no interference from either the BJP or the Congress in matters regarding the Students’ Union polls.
“We are a students’ organisation and we are not guided by any political party. The decisions regarding DUSU elections are taken by us,” Rohit Chahal, state secretary of ABVP, said.
Talking about the link between DUSU polls and the Assembly elections, NSUI spokesperson Amrishranjan Pandey said, “Student politics is not directly affected by what is happening in the state elections. DUSU polls happen every year. For instance, while Narendra Modi enjoys support in Gujarat, NSUI swept the Gujarat University elections. The outcome of the students’ union elections, however, does create a positive atmosphere.”
Clash in college, NSUI member injured
Just a few days ahead of the DUSU elections, another incident of violence was reported from the university campus on Monday morning, wherein two groups were found involved in a clash in Hansraj college. The clash took place between students of NSUI and ABVP,