ABVP and AISA have released their manifestos for upcoming DUSU polls.
DU Election Results Announced
Finally, much awaited DU elections result were declared on Saturday and to everyone's surprise, this year The LEFT Unity swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections by winning all the seats in all four central panel. There was a close contest for the post of president with Left pushing ABVP back to the second position.
Geeta Kumari and Simone Zoya Khan from AISA became president and vice-president respectively. Duggirala Srikrishna from SFI won the seat of secretary while Subhanshu Singh from DSF got elected joint secretary.
The battle for this year's Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) has already started and drawing the battle lines for the same, student wings have released their manifestos. The RSS-backed student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and CPI (M)-affiliate All India Students Association (AISA) launched their manifestos on Tuesday for the elections scheduled to be organized on September 12, 2017.
‘Agitation with a Solution’ is the main agenda of ABVP. Apart from this, they are also following the ideology of BJP by promoting Hindi language. RSS-backed student wing ABVP has demanded to make Hindi as an alternative medium in higher education at Delhi University.
Talking about the same they said, we will try for making Post Graduate class available in the Hindi medium and provision for Hindi medium exam writing mode as well."
Keeping the problems faced by DU students in consideration, the ABVP said that we will provide 6% of DDP to the education sector to make sports, ECA and another quota admission better. The objective behind this step will be to fill the vacant seats of OBC/SC/ST/PH in various Delhi University colleges as well as to affiliate every DU college with the students' union.
S. Bahugana, ABVP's national media convener said, “Out of 77 DU colleges, only 52 colleges vote during the students' union elections. The ABVP will strive to affiliate each DU college with DUSU without holding a referendum.”
On the other hand, the AISA targeted Congress-affiliated NSUI (National Students Union of India) for "anti-student" politics. They also attacked ABVP for hooliganism on university campus and not paying attention to infrastructure development. They also blamed ABVP for the violent clashes that broke out at Ramjas College in the beginning of this year.
Talking about the Ramjas incident, Parul Chauhan, AISA's presidential candidate said, "This DUSU election is being fought in the backdrop of the Ramjas Incident in which the goons of ABVP assaulted both students and teachers. Instead of working for the benefit of students the ABVP has only perpetuated violence in the campus."
AISA promised to work on improvement of DUSU election system by introducing more effective debate forums such as General Body Meetings and presidential debates in college clusters to help students make an informed choice. AISA's manifesto said that they will create debate forums to make existing election process better, which is at present dominated by the power of money, muscle, glamour and DJ parties.
The manifesto released by AISA says, "A vast majority of students travel in the Metro on a daily basis, but the DMRC refuses to give passes and DTC rates have increased manifold. DUSU remains silent over such issues."
Though AISA attacked ABVP for ignorance of infrastructure development, in their manifesto ABVP promised to work for the improvement of overall infrastructure of Delhi University. They also promised to open the central reference library, build new colleges, 50% of which will be for girl students.
The issue of "discriminatory' hostel fees for girls was the common topic raised by both the parties in their manifesto. They promised to provide affordable accommodation in all the Delhi University campuses. ABVP to impress girl students said that they will strengthen women security by establishing Girls Activity Centre and by launching Mobile app for the safety of female students.
The manifesto of ABVP read, “Patrolling of PCR vans around colleges and especially around girls hostels should be increased. We will try and make provisions for a police booth near every hostel/college and make sure that there are female police staffs are present at every booth.”