Published: 21st December 2018
After Ankiv's fake certificate scandal, DUSU Vice-President breaks locks to take over as President
Though the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines state that the Vice-President can be promoted if re-election is not possible, DU did yet not issue a circular asking Shakti Singh to join as the President
The Delhi University Students' Union Vice-President, ABVP's Shakti Singh, allegedly, broke into the office of the president after his supporters broke open the lock. The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has also accused Shakti of manhandling and abusing the security staff who intervened.
The Lyngdoh Committee Guidelines does state that "In the event of the office of any major post of office bearer falling vacant within two months of elections, re-elections should be conducted; otherwise the vice-president may be promoted to the post of president."
But the university has not yet issued any notice that confirms that he would be promoted to the post. "All he had to do was wait for 10-15 days. But he had to break open locks and abuse people. I guess he couldn't wait for it," said Kawalpreet Kaur, president, All India Students Association. "The university knew all along that Ankiv's degree was fake but only on the 62nd day did they come out and cancel his admission. This only shows how the RSS and the BJP have captured these institutions. There will be no action against Shakti as well for destroying college property."
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court dismissed a plea by NSUI leader Sunny Chillar challenging the election of DUSU ex-president Ankiv Baisoya for allegedly furnishing a fake bachelor's degree to get admission in the university. They are planning to appeal to the higher court.
Shakti Singh had defeated NSUI rival Leena by 7,673 votes for the post of Vice-President.
A native of Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, 23-year-old Shakti is a second-year law student and an active participant in student politics. He has done his schooling from Nainital and completed his graduation from MIT Pune in 2016. Shakti is also a national-level boxer and a silver medalist at the state level. He has also worked for the NGO, ‘Association for Awareness,’ and claimed to be an active supporter of women’s safety and security and a large aspect of his agenda was focussed on gender sensitisation when he campaigned for the post of vice-president.
Shakti had suggested that self-defence training camps should be held in various colleges for the girl students. During his campaign, he also said that it is unfortunate that students who come from different parts of the country are compelled to pay a humungous amount as rent.
He promised to work for the implementation of a 'Room Rent Control’ bill and also ensure that students are not forced to pay a very high rent by enforcing a ceiling on the maximum amount that can be charged from students.
With hoards allegation surrounding the office of the president, Shakti's actions will probably be under the scanner for longer and the scrutiny will be detailed.