The Delhi University has always witnessed a steep battle between the RSS backed ABVP or the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Congress-backed NSUI - National Students Union of India in the polls. The victory of NSUI in the Delhi University Students' Union Poll after a gap of four years since 2012, means a crushing defeat for the ABVP.
The NSUI won the DUSU Poll held on Tuesday, and recorded a voter turnout of 42.8%. The NSUI was declared the winner on Wednesday, winning the posts of President and Vice President. The ABVP had to settle for the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary.
NSUI supporters called this victory, a victory of justice and truth over 'Goondaism', money and muscle power which being openly promoted in the campus by ABVP cadres. Shehzad Poonawalla of the Congress said that the victory for NSUI is a rejection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP's agenda by the younger generation. He said, "The result of DUSU poll will have much larger political ramification in the State and Central elections."
He also added that the win of NSUI signifies the rejection of the culture of violence perpetuated by the ABVP. Taking on the BJP government strongly, Shehzad said, "For long has Modi distracted people from real issues, like jobs and education, but the younger generation today rejected such politics,"After the results were declared, the NSUI also claimed that the cameras were turned off during the evaluation of votes for the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary won by the ABVP, and that the former would approach the Delhi High Court regarding the matter.
The left leaning AISA which came to the limelight this year after a dispute in the Ramjas College of Delhi University also garnered a support base. Kawalpreet Kaur, President AISA put out her statement on social media, saying, "ABVP's defeat in DUSU is a welcoming news! We congratulate all students of DU who voted against communal and fascist ABVP. We believe that it was our struggle against campus violence that made ABVP lose DUSU. We ask the student community to remain vigilant against NSUI too and build together a movement against Money-Muscle politics in DU. AISA retains its support base in these Elections marked with Goondaism and open violation of code of conduct. On president post we maintain 5K votes, on VP 7.5K, on Secretary 8.5K and on Joint Secretary 9K."
However, the AISA though initially welcomed the victory of NSUI, later speaking to Oneindia said, the NSUI and ABVP are nothing but two sides of the same coin. Presidential Candidate Parul Chauhan said that the NSUI had spent huge amount of money for campaigning which exceeded the Rs 5000 mark as directed by the Election Committee. She also said that when the committee was apprised of the blatant flouting of rules by both ABVP and NSUI, the committee said that they cannot help as they were threatened. Kawalpreet Kaur also reiterated the claims of Parul Chauhan.
When Shehzad Poonawalla was questioned about the alleged flouting of rules by the AISA, he refuted the claims saying that AISA is trying to cover up its deficiency by such framing such blatant allegations.
He said, if AISA feels that they have been wronged, they should go to the court instead of indulging in such blame game.
Overall, the election in JNU as well as in DU makes it evident that the younger generation is losing its faith in the ABVP school of politics. Losing JNU even after the Left was in a legal controversy for its protest against the death sentence of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru is a massive blow to the ABVP, only reinforced by its defeat in the DUSU polls.
Umar Khalid, Student Activist said, "One University after the other is rejecting ABVP. There may not be a democratic alternative everywhere yet, but one thing is amply clear - the students and youth of this country are rejecting the fascists. The Left, democratic and Ambedkarites forces need to carry on this momentum and build that alternative, which will defeat the murderous hate-mongers of the Sangh and their poisonous ideology."
Congress Vice President, who is in the US at the moment, took to Twitter to congratulate NSUI. He said, "Congratulations NSUI on a stellar performance & Pres win in DUSU! Thank students of DU for reposing faith in Congress ideology #NSUIWinsDU"
After the two major defeats in JNU and DU, the question remains, will this only be limited to campus or will shift in the thoughts of the young generation spread its tentacles throughout the nation?