DU gears up for election 2012

DU gears up for election 2012

Student politics

DU gears up for election 2012

It’s election time in DU again and the varsity is abuzz with political activity. The schedule for the process, culminating into election on September 14, has been declared and student political groups are up on their feet. Posters and banners have sprung up, aspiring candidates have started campaigning, students are being wooed with newer tactics and the most excited are freshers.

Just step out of the Vishwavidyalay metro station and you are greeted by at least 10-15 students from different political parties – NSUI, ABVP, SFI, AISA etc., with pamphlets. They list out credentials of their parties and request you to join them.

Move further into the campus and big banners reading ‘Welcome Freshers.’ greet you. No wonder, the newbies are feeling important.

Umang Jain, a first year student of BSc. Programme, Kirori Mal College says, “When I first came to apply in DU, I saw a help desk of NSUI and took their assistance in filling up the centralised form. On our first day of joining, different student political groups came and gave us chocolates.

The next day they gave us roses; and now, they are visiting us everyday asking us if we have any problem. They have provided us various PG accommodation numbers, anti-ragging helpline numbers as well as their personal numbers. My classmates and I are feeling like celebrities.”

Sugandha Jindal, first year student of Economics Hons., SRCC adds, “I am in complete awe of the politically charged environment. Students gro­u­ps are holding rallies and sloganeering all the time. The way they speak of students’ issues – maintenance of labs and hostels, women’s safety, caste-based reservations, they seem to be so committed to their work. It’s an inspiration for those of us who may want to get into politics in future.”

Senior students, however, are not as impressed. Munish Rathore, a final year student of English Hons, Hindu College says, “It is all a big farce. None of these groups are actually interested in students’ welfare and their campaigning ways are very irritating. They just barge into classes and don’t even seek the teachers’ permission. It disturbs studies and if you say something to them, they start arguing.

“Besides, there are ugly fights when two or more groups are canvassing at the same place. Recently, some ABVP and AISA volunteers clashed over posters. The ‘Wall of Democracy’ here sees posters of different parties everyday as the older ones are torn away overnight.” Only freshers can fall for their tactics, not seniors, he adds.

Student political parties, however, have their defense ready. ABVP spokesperson Rohit Chahal says, “Firstly, no student candidate ever just storms into a class for campa­i­g­ning. They duly request the teacher to give them four-five minutes to introduce themselves to the students. They are constrained to do this as Lyngdoh Committee rules allow us to canvas officially only for four-five days after candidates are fixed. In this short time we have to cover 50 colleges as far flung as SP Muk­h­erjee, Aditi Maha­v­i­dyalay and Bhagini Niv­e­d­ita. Election aspirants are compe­lled to politely interrupt classes.”

“Besides,” he adds, “this is student politics. There will be differences of opinion, arguments and minor fights. One should look at the healthy deb­ates and discussions which bring up fresh ideas and make DU better. Election time only adds to it.”