Are your campus lanes flooded with cards of political candidates or are their posters becoming a permanent cover for the walls? The political ambiance is gradually taking over as Delhi University heads towards elections for posts in the Delhi University Students’ Union, polling for which is scheduled for September 12.
While none of the three leading wings – ABVP, NSUI and AISA – have declared their candidates yet, campaigning is already in full swing. ABVP has shortlisted nine hopefuls from whom a Selection Committee will finalize four nominees. AISA is expected to announce the names of their candidates by the end of August, followed by NSUI in the first week of September.
This year, issues that feature in the manifestos are rent regulation, Metro and DTC AC bus passes for students and anti-sexual harassment cells. All parties are also laying special emphasis on claiming credit and capitalizing on the roll-back of FYUP.
Charul Negi, Joint Secretary of AISA’s Delhi unit, believes that AISA rides on the mood that its movement, ‘Our DU, Our Right, Our Fight’ has created. “We surveyed 17,600 students regarding fundamental rights that a DU student is, by virtue, entitled to. On our agenda are educational facilities, rent regulation, Metro and AC bus passes, sexual harassment and welfare of students from the North-East. AISA recently held successful protests at South Campus for better handling of the sole DTC bus-pass counter that serves 25,000 students.” She went on to say that her party invests faith in ground-work and not in muscle-and-money politics.
ABVP is hoping for a full sweep, a feat they missed last year. “A more re-founding mandate would help us strengthen DUSU itself. ABVP is the only party that has delivered on its promises,” said Saket Bahuguna, ABVP State Secretary for Delhi, referring to the FYUP roll-back. “We’re currently involved in protests for affordable and quality canteens. Also in our manifesto are issues like rent regulation, sexual-harassment and ‘special chance’.”
NSUI’s Delhi unit in-charge, Mohit Sharma, said his party’s priority is going to be safety of girls in colleges and surrounding areas. “We will also focus on events like Rajiv Gandhi Sports Meet, Manthan Debating Competition, Medhavi Quiz Competition and Inter-College Talent Hunt,” he said. The official manifesto of NSUI will be released on 1st September.
DUSU is one of the most influential students’ unions of the country; numerous past office-bearers, Arun Jaitley and Ajay Maken to name a few, have gone ahead to hold public offices in Central and State Governments.