Published: 28th August 2019
Did ABVP spend Rs 22 lakh on chai during their DUSU rule?
The ABVP, however, refuted all the claims. It also criticised the NSUI's decision of offering movie tickets to students
There aren't many days left for the Delhi University Students' Union elections. Student political organisations are busy deciding candidates and campaigning for votes, but particularly the Congress-affiliated NSUI's manifesto is creating ripples among the Delhi University student circle.
The two-page long manifesto apart from making promises to the student community also raises a number of allegations against the RSS-affiliated ABVP which dominates the 2018-19 DUSU. The allegations range from corruption to harassment. We reached out to the ABVP's Delhi state media in-charge to know the organisation's comment on these allegations.
'He said, she said'
Allegation 1: ABVP spent Rs 22 lakh out of Rs 26 lakh DUSU fund on tea
Ashutosh: To begin with, this is a fake allegation. This is from 2016. The budget showed that Rs 22 lakhs was spent on tea and miscellaneous charges. The budget was also signed by an NSUI member Mohit Garid, who was part of the then DUSU
Allegation 2: ABVP DUSU President vandalised Zakir Hussain College
NSUI's district president and a few other NSUI members were stopping the entry of two ABVP members on the said day. It was creating a nuisance to common students, so there was an intervention.
Allegation 3: ABVP DUSU President was thrown out of the university for using fake mark sheet
As soon as we got to know that Ankiv's degree is fake, even before the HC's and the university's decision, we removed him from the organisation. Around the same time, a few NSUI members were also caught with the same issue. Case in point, Akshay Kumar, the ex DUSU joint secretary. But the organisation took no action.
Allegation 4: ABVP DUSU President brought guns to DUSU office
ABVP and DUSU members never brought guns to the office. A few outsiders had come with the guns.
Allegation 5: ABVP members beat up female students and faculty
This never happened. But NSUI members are caught asking female members for sexual favours
What else is the NSUI promising? — Movie tickets!
The manifesto begins with asking the students to tell them what equal opportunities mean to them. These can be sent to the NSUI via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The best suggestions get to win a movie ticket.
This part had, however, got a lot of criticism, especially from the other political organisations. The ABVP had accused the NSUI of using money to buy votes. But this is what the NSUI had to say about it. "A big deal is made out of the movie ticket part of our manifesto. We are not bribing anyone, instead, this is just a way to make sure that more students participate in the decision-making process," says Akshay Lakra, NSUI Delhi President.
The manifesto also begins by saying that the NSUI aims to end the inequality in Delhi University. It says that it will support first-generation learners, focus on evening and outer colleges and initiate fee normalisation.