As election day for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) approaches, mud-slinging between the two rival parties is in full swing.
At a press conference organised by Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on Wednesday, copies of a 2011 chargesheet filed allegedly against Aman Awana, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) presidential candidate, were distributed.
According to the chargesheet, Awana along with two others assaulted two persons near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in August 2011.
However, Aman Awana denied this allegation. “I am not involved in any such case. NSUI is taking part in dirty politics and they have the backing of the administration in all this,” he said.
If the chargesheet was not enough, there were posters of ABVP fielding candidates who have two children being distributed outside the venue of the press conference. One poster says a father of two children is contesting for the DUSU elections. The two children are seen asking their father to take them to DU. The poster further ridicules NSUI’s rival party, ABVP, for giving a ticket to him.
“They have got the information wrong. I am not a father of two. I have a three-month-old daughter. I got married last year. Why does anyone have an objection to this?” Awana, a student at the Department of Buddhist Studies, said.
NSUI, on the other hand, denied distributing these posters. Sanjay Poddar, NSUI spokesperson, said, “We haven’t distributed these posters. There was another group outside the press conference venue and it was they who distributed these posters.”
Asked about the copies of the chargesheet which were distributed to mediapersons inside the venue, Poddar said, “We are amazed to see a person with a criminal record being made a DUSU presidential candidate. We will take the matter up with the election officer tomorrow.”
The Chief Election Officer could not be be reached for his comments.
According to ABVP members, NSUI was resorting to such methods because it perceived the ABVP as a serious threat to its chances in the polls.
Last year, the NSUI had bagged the top three posts in DUSU while the fourth one saw a tie between the NSUI and ABVP candidate.