Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of “rigging” student elections, the Congress on Wednesday said the victory of the party-affiliated NSUI in the Delhi University Students Union elections signalled “winds of change” in the country and that the youth were teaching a lesson to the “person who misled them”.
The National Students Union of India won the President and Vice President’s post in DUSU after five years.
The Congress alleged that the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which won the Joint Secretary and Secretary posts, used “unfair means” to win the two posts.
“NSUI friends are saying that victories have been registered in all the four posts. But, ABVP along with the Delhi University administration has used unfair means to win two seats,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
“The NSUI has all options open. You must have seen how the NSUI candidate for presidential post’s nomination was cancelled in an inappropriate manner. Later, Delhi HC cleared his nomination,” he said, referring to Rocky Tuseed who won the election.
“Today, he won the seat with a huge margin. This is not single example. The atmosphere in the country is changing. The person who misled the youth, he (Narendra Modi) is now being taught a lesson by them,” he added.
Tewari said: “NSUI had also won the Punjab University Students Union and Rajasthan University Students Union elections. This is a sign of the wind of change in the country. The process of change has started with the NSUI.”
On the NSUI allegation of rigging, Tewari said: “As far as I know, I don’t remember anything such happening in the history of DUSU elections.
“From 1972 to 1985, ABVP had won continuously and NSUI was in the second place. From 1985 till 2017, sometimes they won and sometimes we did. But, we never heard allegations of rigging in elections,” said Tewari.
“Also, the nomination of a candidate was never cancelled. So, therefore this proves that how NDA-BJP government is trying to interfere in the matter of the universities. This is a manifestation of the subversion of Indian universities by NDA-BJP government. They were also defeated in JNU,” he added.
“Does Modi now believe that those who voted for the winners in JNU are anti-nationals. The lies are now getting exposed now and it is a victory of truth,” he said.