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

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