The release of the National Students’ Union of India’s (NSUI) election manifesto here on Wednesday was dominated by nasty accusations against arch-rivals Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
Copies of a police charge-sheet accusing the ABVP presidential candidate of attempt to murder and posters showing him with two children, who NSUI claimed were his, were also circulated. They accused the ABVP of taking credit for all their achievements.
“The Delhi University Students’ Union, under us for the past one year, sat on a hunger strike and compelled the administration to make admissions online. We were also responsible for getting a lady SHO in both campuses and Metro feeder buses. The ABVP has taken credit for all these things, along with the creation of a ladies coach in the Metro, which was done by the government during the Commonwealth Games,” said NSUI member and former DUSU president Ragini Nayak.
She was speaking for the panel candidates, who barely said a word throughout, nodding in agreement to everything.
“People with criminal mentality are being allowed to contest by the ABVP. The copies of the charge-sheet are enough to prove it,” said NSUI president Rohit Choudhry.
The NSUI will not oppose the four-year undergraduate programme if it comes to power. It will fight for better infrastructure and an annual review of the course till it stabilises.
The NSUI’s main agenda will be to improve the existing facilities on the campus such as student representation in the anti-sexual harassment committee and better facilities for persons with disabilities.
The NSUI will take up the demand for merit-cum–means scholarship; making the entire academic curriculum available in Hindi; and starting a book bank where old books from former students can be given to new students for free.
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