ABVP denies Left presence on DU campus

Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad denied growing Left presence on Delhi University campus ahead of students’ union poll. 

Patting itself on the back for seeing off the controversial four-year undergraduate programme, the student body said traditionally its fight has been with the Congress-affiliated NSUI. 

The student outfits are in a race to reach out to over 50 DU-affiliated colleges. DUSU election is scheduled for September 12.

“The university has rejected anti-national agenda of Left wing politics,” the national secretary of BJP-backed student outfit Rohit Chahal said, while claiming that All India Students’ Association has filed to move beyond JNU politics. 

The radical Left AISA controls the JNU Students’ Union and is determined to put a  tough fight. In 2013 DUSU polls, AISA had come second in all four seats it contested.“It is an attempt to downplay our role. ABVP is reading the situation incorrectly. It should focus on their campaign,” said Sunny Kumar of AISA, adding that ABVP is indulging in negative campaign.

AISA said their campaign ‘Our DU-Our Right-Our Fight’ has helped them raise issues close to the students. 

“Over 21,000 students filled our feedback form. Over 90 per cent of them said they were not happy with the DUSU function in last one year,” said Kumar. 

Both ABVP and left group AISA claim substantial gain from their sustained campaign against the FYUP. 

Pointing out that the National Students’ Union of India was slow in jumping on to the anti-FYUP bandwagon, Chahal said, “Last year, they had distributed pamphlets highlighting the merits of the FYUP.” 

ABVP said its resistance to implementation of FYUP was the reason behind its success in DUSU election last year. 

Hostels for outstation students, implementation of the Room Rent Control Act in Delhi, demand for more colleges, university-special buses, and special concessional passes for DU students in Delhi Metro and safety of women on the university campus are likely to be on the manifesto of the student outfit.

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