Are the DUSU polls a medium to national elections?
While the elections of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) are often compared on a larger canvas with the national elections in India, it is important to note the gradual yet consistent path that has been carved out by several national political parties to seek control through their respective established on-campus student wings.
On a similar note, it has come to my knowledge (as covered by two leading newspapers) that different groups like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress Party, among the others, have hired new executive officers for the first time, solely for the purpose of the elections in the University. The poll advisers are not students but professionals, vested with the responsibility of guiding the members of their student wings- the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti and the National Students’ Union of India, respectively. The new recruits are indulged in the planning and handling of funds as well as the execution of campaigns, lending them a professional touch.
Since it is a championed belief that the DUSU elections form the first step into the abyss of politics for any aspiring student, the parties would want to leave no stones unturned when it comes to compromising with their probable victory. This is quite evident through the various modus operandi resorted to throughout the period of campaigning.
Further, with the declaration of the manifesto of the National Students’ Union of India a couple of days ago, all eyes are eagerly awaiting for others’ manifestoes to come out as well, so as to commence with their own screening process and boil it all down to one choice on the big day!
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