The DUSU elections are underway. The influence of student parties is not only a matter of contention at the university level, but at the college level as well.
During the elections in Lakshmibai College for Women, the student wing of the college affiliated to the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) alleged the involvement of members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in violence that erupted in the college post the declaration of the election results.
“NSUI won unopposed on the post of President, Vice President, and Secretary.” said Sarah Iqbal, National Media Coordinator of NSUI and final year student of Lakshmibai College.
According to sources, the opposition student parties like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) etc, at Lakshmibai College could not file their nominations to content in the internal students’ union elections due to discrepancies in their nomination form, or being late in the filing of the nomination.
Members of CYSS claimed that this was their first time contesting in the internal college elections, which resulted in a misunderstanding of the deadline to file the nomination forms. While students belonging to the ABVP had issues with the specifications in theirs. Hence, the posts of President, Vice President, and Secretary were declared as unopposed winners, crediting their political affiliation to NSUI.
The other posts, namely, Cultural Secretary, and Central Counselor (CC) had multiple candidates in contestation from the ABVP and NSUI.
After the declaration of the final list of candidates for the Lakshmibai College Students’ Union elections, violence erupted in the campus. Onlookers claimed men allegedly claiming to be ABVP supporters tried to enter the college forcefully and misbehaved with the lady constables deployed at the college gates.
Karishma Thakur, an alumna of Lakshmibai College and National General Secretary of NSUI claims to have gotten injured in the violence allegedly instigated by ABVP outside the college campus. Himani Tokas, who emerged as the uncontested President of the Lakshmibai College students’ union also claimed to have been verbally abused outside the administrative offices block of the college by the opposition party members. NSUI members have filed an FIR against all those involved in violence, and have requested the Delhi Police for extra security outside the college, sighting the violence committed against innocent guards and constables posted outside the college.
DU Beat tried to contact officials from ABVP; however, they were not available for comment.