‘ABVP’s loss is a wake-up call for BJP’

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The de­feat of the Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad ( ABVP) nom­i­nees in the re­cently con­cluded Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union (DUSU) elec­tions is be­ing viewed as a wake-up call by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had, only a few months ago, won the mu­nici- pal cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

The ABVP, which held all the four posts in DUSU, lost two posts to the Congress’ Na­tional Stu­dents’ Union of In­dia (NSUI), that of pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent, while it won the sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary posts.

A se­nior min­is­ter tried to play down the loss in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, at­tribut­ing it to the pres­ence of an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date whose name was sim­i­lar to the ABVP’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. How­ever, the Sangh has de­cided to in­tro­spect on the ad­verse cause of the out­come. A lo­cal RSS func­tionary said: “Every elec­tion is im­por­tant for us. There­fore, we need to know what went wrong this time.”

The DUSU elec­tion is con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cant given that the elec­torate is spread over all the seven par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies of the city and may be in­dica­tive of the over­all po­lit­i­cal mood.

“The fear of job­less­ness, at­tack on the univer­sity space and hooli­gan­ism car­ried by the ABVP have re­sulted in dis­il­lu­sion­ment in the youth with the saf­fron party,” claimed Manin­dra Nath Thakur, a pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity.

“Stu­dents will never tol­er­ate hooli­gan­ism. Cam­puses are for study and free think­ing. The kind of at­tack was launched on the teach­ers and stu­dents be­long from dif­fer­ent ide­ol­ogy group by the ABVP has come to an end,” said Abha Dev Habib, pro­fes­sor and Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil mem­ber of DU. Be­hind the sur­prise devel­op­ment of the Kash­mir separatist lead­er­ship is­su­ing a state­ment on Friday call­ing for mean­ing­ful and se­ri­ous di­a­logue with New Delhi with­out any con­di­tions, are hec­tic Track-II ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the sep­a­ratists and some “go-be­tweens” in New Delhi. The sep­a­ratists did not em­bark on the beaten track of call­ing for plebiscite and im­ple­men­ta­tion of UN res­o­lu­tions. It was af­ter the Cen­tre’s in­ter­ven­tion that the po­lice al­lowed Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq and Yasin Ma­lik to hold talks at Gee­lani’s res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources in the state govern­ment and Hur­riyat.

Ear­lier, a team led by Yash­want Sinha had been able to break the ice with the separatist lead­er­ship which con­veyed to the “right quar­ters” at New Delhi that the present Hur­riyat lead­er­ship was ready for di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and was also keen that the cy­cle of vi­o­lence must end in the Kash­mir Val­ley.

The Cen­tre picked up the threads and al­lowed civil so­ci­ety in Kash­mir, in­clud­ing some me­di­a­men, to at­tend a con­fer­ence in Dubai to pave way for the foun­da­tion of a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue with the separatist lead­er­ship.

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