DUSU polls: ABVP to approach HC, NSUI for structural reforms

Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 17:51

New Delhi: With Delhi University firm on its
decision to disqualify six DUSU poll candidates, ABVP on Sunday
said it will approach the High Court here for stay order,
while NSUI asked for "structural reforms" in these elections.

The two student bodies said they will continue with their
decision to protest the "unwarranted" decision by the varsity
authorities.

"The hasty decision should have been avoided as penalty
and some other punishment have yielded results. Even if the
authorities are ready to set a precedent, they should bring
structural reforms in the student union polls," NSUI national
secretary Anand Pandey said here.

He said the student outfit will continue with its protest
against the decision which is violative of students rights,
but keeping in mind "high moral standards" of NSUI, "we will
not invite any independent to contest on our ticket".

ABVP media coordinator Niharika said, "we have decided to
approach the Delhi High Court tomorrow to seek a stay order on
the DU decision to disqualify three of the four ABVP nominees
for the polls."

With the disqualification of six candidates, including
three from ABVP and two from NSUI, the two rival student
outfits are devoid of their presidential candidates.

The NSUI, with only two nominees left in its panel, is
likely to face another jolt as a notice has been served to its
joint secretary Rahul Mathur for violating code of conduct. A
decision in the matter will come by tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, chief election officer Gurmeet Singh said, "we
are implementing the Supreme Court guidelines on DUSU
elections. This time a tough decision has been taken to send a
clear message that law should not be violated. Earlier, they
did not bother and follow any of our decisions."

Asked about the demands of structural reforms by the
student bodies, he said: "If they want something, they
should give it to us in writing or knock the doors of the
Supreme Court for guidelines."

On the "structural changes", the ABVP activist supported
the NSUI demand saying "there should be some proposal from DU
on the reforms which are needed as some of the Lyngdoh
Committee recommendations are impractical to follow."

The NSUI opposes the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations in
totality, while the ABVP oppose some of it.

With all the candidates disqualified, ABVP has lone
nominee in its panel -- Kriti Wadhera for vice-president post.

Asked if the HC rejects the outfit`s petition, Niharika
said, "we have options and we will fight the elections",
indicating that ABVP may invite some independents to contest
polls from its platform.

Meanwhile, campaigning has remained a low-key affair in
the University and the outfits like SFI, INSO and AISA are
seen canvassing.

In wake of the protests, security has been tightened
around the campus.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 17:51

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