With the election season gearing up, student organisations in the University of Delhi are outlining their campaign blueprints for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) Elections 2017-18. With the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) having swept the DUSU polls for three consecutive years, the Indian National Congress party has decided to intervene in the micromanagement of its students’ wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) action plans so as to convert this year into a victory.
Last year, NSUI made a comeback by Mohit Garid winning the joint secretary’s seat but lost the other three seats of President, Vice- President and Secretary to Amit Tanwar, Priyanka and Ankit Singh Sangwan respectively who owe their candidature to the BJP-RSS wing , ABVP. After the game changing elections of Rajya Sabha three days ago to secure a hard-won seat for Ahmed Patel, Congress party has sent teams of leaders to interact with students of North, South and off campus colleges of Delhi University(DU) so as to ascertain the problems and issues of the student community. So far, the party had left the DUSU elections to be managed by NSUI’s student leaders only but as a part of its mega offensive strategy of ‘take back du’ , it has delegated senior leaders like Ajay Maken, Mukul Wasnik and Oscar Fernandes to handle the elections.
The campaign is going to be high on social media and with a Senior Congress leader remarking that ‘For us, every victory counts’ and hiring of a professional agency to exercise the creatives, Congress and NSUI have pulled up their socks for 2017. And it is yet to be seen with the opportunist tendencies being so largely visible in BJP-RSS, when will the three times winner ABVP trains its guns.
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