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Shifting ground: Why the ABVP is losing students union elections at major universities

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  1. InfoWarrior

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    Candidates of Alliance for Social Justice won all the posts, including that of the president and general secretary, in the students’ union elections.
    india Updated: Sep 23, 2017 23:53 IST
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    Supporters of Alliance for Social Justice celebrate victory of their candidates in the students’ union elections of the University of Hyderabad holding aloft poster of Rohith Vemula (HT Photo )

    This year’s student’s union polls in different parts of the country could be termed as a setback for Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that lost all seats in the University of Hyderabad (UoH), whose results were declared late on Friday night.

    A coalition of students groups comprising of organisations representing Left, Dalits, Tribals, with backing from Rohith Vemula’s Ambedkar Students’ Union, swept the polls to the students union of University of Hyderabad, defeating the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

    In all, three Dalits, two Muslims and an Adivasi won the elections in the Central university of Hyderabad. The ABVP failed to win even a single seat.

    The UoH election results are significant as Sreerag Poickadan of Ambedkar Students Union’s was elected as president defeating his nearest rival Karan Palsania of ABVP by a margin of 170 votes.

    Vemula, a PhD student, committed suicide by hanging himself in a hostel room on the campus in 2016 after alleged caste-based discrimination, was member of the union.

    He allegedly resorted to the extreme step during a protest along with four other Dalit students over their suspension by the university following a clash with an ABVP leader.



    It was for the first time the union was contesting in alliance with other left student wings.

    This is for the eighth consecutive time that the ABVP has been kept out of the students’ union in the University of Hyderabad, a Central university.

    The saffron student outfit has faced a similar defeat in the recently held student union elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the hands of the United Left Alliance and in Delhi University by Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI).

    It also failed to win a single seat in the Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.

    “The fact is that PU is the only university in the region, where elections are held showing inclination of young minds from across India. We get students not only from the region but across the country,” Professor Ashutosh Kumar, department of Political Science, Panjab University (PU), said. The university is not a central one but a national university funded by both Haryana and Punjab governments.

    The saving grace for ABVP came from the BJP ruled Rajasthan, where it managed to sweep polls in Maharaja Ganga Singh University Bikaner. Overall in the state, the ABVP won more posts than the NSUI, showing that it still retains its hold in the universities.

    Elections took place on August 28 and results were declared on September 4.

    Rajiv Gupta, former head of department of sociology at university of Rajasthan, said there is a decline in the popularity of the ABVP in the Rajasthan university campus.

    “This decline has taken place due to lack of attention by centre and state government to higher education and the privatisation of higher education. Anti-rightist forces are taking root among students and students are beginning to question the saffronisation of education,” he said.

    In Gauhati University, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) came back to win a majority of the seats, two years after ABVP made some inroads.

    Traditionally, AASU had done well in the university where NSUI used to hold sway till 2001.

    “One generally gets an idea of the political drift from Gauhati University students’ elections. The institute has for years produced leaders who have decided the political fate of Assam, particularly since the days of the anti-foreigners Assam Agitation from 1979,” political scientist Dilip Chandan said.

    Reacting to the results, Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot had said the results are satisfactory and the youth now understand that the BJP government at the Centre and in the states cannot fulfil their aspirations.

    (with inputs from Hyderabad, Guwahati, Chandigarh and Jaipur)
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...rsity-polls/story-PYFW28K6wrV2jvHiU1uKfM.html
     
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    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) has suffered a setback in the recently concluded elections for the Rajasthan University's Student Union (RUSU), where it has lost three of the four prominent posts.

    While the president's post has been bagged by ABVP rebel leader Pawan Yadav, the party also lost out on the general secretary and vice president posts as well, both of which were taken by NSUI representatives Manvendra Bhudania and Mahima Choudhary respectively.


    Only the post of the joint secretary was left with the ruling party, with ABVP candidate Manisha Meena emerging victorious for the post.

    According to india.com, ABVP has managed to win the elections in State Law College, Pushkar Rajkiya Mahavidyalaya, Kota University and Barmer’s MBBS Girls’ College.

    In a Facebook post, the ABVP announced that it had recorded 80% victory in the elections.

    The elections were held on 28 August, and saw a voter turnout of 12205 votes, reported DNA.
    https://www.thequint.com/news/abvp-loses-out-big-in-rajasthan-students-union-elections
     
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    TNN | Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 07:53 IST
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    VARANASI: The student wing of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), lost the students' union elections at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi, which happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency . The university president post went to Rahul Dubey, who contested as an independent candidate, after the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS) denied him a ticket. He registered a win with 2,365 votes against ABVP candidate Valmiki Upadhyay.

    A day after the elections took place on Friday , police lodged a complaint against Valmiki and seven of his supporters, who allegedly attacked supporters of newly-elected president Rahul Dubey on the campus. On Saturday , Rahul's supporters and inmates of Narendra Dev Hostel staged demonstration by blocking it for more than an hour against the alleged at tack by ABVP members.



    Sources said from the time of polling, it was clear that the candidates of SCS's panel were nowhere in the contest and the rebels, including Rahul and candidate for general secretary's post of his panel, had support of the students.

    This led to clash between the supporters of Rahul and ABVP during polling and several vehicles, including Rahul's SUV , were da maged. Rahul alleged that after declara tion of results, ABVP supporters thrashed his supporters in hostel on Friday night.


    Again on Saturday morning, Dubey's supporters were attacked by the supporters of Valmiki in which Abhimanyu Singh and Alok Upadhyaya, students of BCom and inmates of Narendra Dev hostel, suffered injuries.

    SO Sigra Gopal Gupta reached the spot and assured the agitators that action would be initiated against the assailants, after which they dispersed.
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...olls-on-pm-modi-turf/articleshow/61514187.cms
     
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    Its rivals are closing ranks and running campaigns around ‘constructive agendas’.
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    Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha swept the Allahabad University Students' Union election | PTI
    Oct 17, 2017 · 02:30 pm
    Shreya Roy Chowdhury

    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad is having a rough year. The student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh saw enormous growth in support after the Bharatiya Janata Party formed the central government in 2014, winning elections to student unions across states. This year, though, the Parishad has suffered big reverses.

    The latest setback came on October 15. In the Allahabad University Students Union election, the Parishad took just one of the five posts, that of general secretary. Last year, it had won two. Most significantly, it lost the president’s post to Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, student wing of the Samajwadi Party.

    In September, the Parishad lost the posts of president and vice president in the Delhi University Students Union – which it had won in 2016 – to the Congress-backed National Students Union of India.

    Since 2014, the right-wing group’s influence and vote share has grown even in the traditionally Left-dominated Jawaharlal Nehru University. In response, this year, the left-leaning groups Students Federation of India, All India Student’s Association and Democratic Students Federation formed an alliance, known as Left Unity, and comfortably won the students union election in September.

    At Hyderabad Central University, the Parishad has lost all union elections since 2010. In 2016, it managed to take a seat on the university’s Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment. This year, it lost even that.

    In Rajasthan, the Parishad won more than 60% of all students union seats this year, according to its spokesperson Saket Bahuguna, and its members became presidents at Udaipur, Kota, Jaipur and Bikaner universities. However, on the most influential campus – Rajasthan University, Jaipur – the group managed a solitary post, down from three last year, and the presidentship went to an independent.

    This pattern is repeated elsewhere. In Assam, for instance, the Parishad won in smaller institutions but lost the two union seats it had, out of 15, at the big one, Gauhati University.

    Teaming up
    The primary reason for the Parishad’s declining fortunes, particularly at major universities, has been other groups forming alliances and contesting elections together.

    Last year, ABVP won the president’s post in Allahabad because three-four Yadavs, from local groups and independent candidates, had contested and the votes were distributed,” said Chaudhary Chandan Singh, who is associated with Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha. The Yadavs, who are categorised among the Other Blackward Classes, form a politically influential community in Uttar Pradesh. This year they wised up: several groups agreed to have just one Yadav run for president. Their man, Awanish Yadav, won.

    Now, Rajesh Yadav, a member of the Samajwadi Party’s Gorakhpur unit, plans to deploy the same strategy at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University. In 2016, law student Aman Yadav, contesting independently, had ended the Parishad’s decade-long hold on the president’s post. This year, Rajesh Yadav expects anger over the mass death of children in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and the police action on students protesting against it, to help keep the Parishad out.

    Students from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Muslim and Yadav communities form the anti-Yogi block here,” Rajesh Yadav said, referring to Chief Minister Adityanath of the BJP. “There are three lakh students who are angry at being told what to do and what to eat.”

    The Parishad has unified competing groups elsewhere, too. At Hyderabad Central University, the right-wing group’s rising confidence prompted the Students Federation of India to join the regional groups, Dalit Students Union and Telangana Students Federation, in the Alliance for Social Justice. Last year, with the Ambedkar Students Association staying out of this alliance, their presidential candidate had defeated the Parishad’s by just 52 votes, said the Students Federation of India’s S Nelson. This year, the Ambedkarite group joined the alliance and their candidate, Sreerag P, won the presidentship by a margin of 170 votes.

    “The growth of ABVP on campus was one of the factors [behind the alliance’s formation],” Nelson said. “But the growth of Hindutva outside was a bigger one.”

    Similarly at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, leftist and Dalit groups contested together as the Students For Social Justice and won all union seats.

    At the same time, the Parishad’s rivals have started running campaigns around what the National Students Union of India’s Ruchi Gupta described as “constructive agenda”. They are no longer discussing just the issues framed by the right-wing – nationalism, Hindutva, beef politics and such – although these remain part of the discourse. At Delhi University, National Students Union of India released its manifesto in August, a month before ballot numbers were decided. Alongside talk of hostels and transport, it focused on messages such as “take back DU” – an anti-Parishad and anti-RSS campaign – and “universities are for education, not indoctrination”.

    Regional factor
    At some universities, part of the reason for the Parishad’s retreat is simply that even in student politics in the states, regional groups and individual candidates have more influence.

    “Here, even independent candidates are typically backed by some group and do well,” said Chaudhry Chandan Singh. “If a student contests as a group’s candidate, only that party’s supporters vote for them. But if they run independently, they stand to gain others’ votes as well.” This, in part, explains the large number of independents wresting posts from party-backed groups in state universities.

    Gorakhpur’s Aman Yadav started as independent but was co-opted early into his tenure by Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha. Pawan Yadav won at the Rajasthan University as an independent but, as Saket Bahuguna said, he had been a member of the Parishad for years. So, he does not necessarily represent a different politics.

    At Gauhati University, the bulk of the seats went to the All Assam Students Union.

    In Delhi, however, independent candidates stand little chance because established organisations prefer fielding their own nominees, even if in alliance with other groups. At Jawaharlal Nehru University, for example, the national Left groups stunned by the Parishad winning a post in 2015, set aside their bickering temporarily to contest as Left Unity from 2016. By sharing seats, they consolidated the vote against the Parishad.

    Not alarming
    Still, losses for the Parishad at major universities are disappointing but not alarming. “Of course Rajasthan University is important for us, but there are universities outside too,” Bahuguna explained. “In Allahabad, a former karyakarta [or worker] came second in the president’s post. This points to organisational infighting as the biggest reason for loss. It does not show that the youth is turning away from us.” He also pointed out that his group recently took one of the two elected union seats at MS University in Baroda – the group’s first in four years.
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    ABVP is mostly filled with some goons even in my city, the NSUI leader in our university was very good orator and he knew how to communicate with students and how to put the issues in front of the authorities. The ABVP was mostly involved in beating the principal of engineering/other colleges, I was part one such protest during mid-term fee hike.

    ABVP will not get votes in the name of Modi & Amitbhai, they'll have to bring educated leaders who could easily connect with the young generation otherwise ABVP is gone.

    Mostly ABVP is seen as puppet of union govt, so was NSUI during UPA, hence students think that they won't ask questions to the authority hence they are losing most of the elections.
     
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    ABVP is already gone.
     
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    The news is 3 months old, ABVP regained after that and won elections in other places.What are you trying to prove, build a perception that BJP is on the wane, nice try if people can live 10yr rule of the most corrupt govt. in 70 yrs, for sure they wont mind a govt. which is not corrupt for another 10 yrs.
    They said Demonetization was a failure, UP Elections was a total sweep,it showed what the real public thought and its mood was. Now again MSM is trying to set agenda by planting stories etc. Not going to work in this age of SM. Just like a you cannot make a leader out of an Idiot like Rahul Gandhi, no matter how many times you try to give him a makeover everytime.
     
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    Dont know why. But student elections are never a big thing in South India. Nobody talks about it and that should be it. Colleges are places to study. Northies see colleges as places to jump into politics. Misplaced priorities.
     
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    That is the exact reason why southern states have lack of leadership. The population go behind movie stars believing she/he have same integrity as the protagonist they play on screen.

    Collages are place to develop as a mature human being and develop social skills. Learning is as lifelong process.
     
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    'Lack of leadership' states have more development and growth in comparison to states 'filled with leadership' in the north which are well...illiterate etc,
     
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    ABVP is relction of BJP- Jaisa Baap waisa Beta. Gundagardi, Hawabazi etc. are main staple.
     
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    I didn't said "NSUI & AISA is filled with Saints". I just presented one such case of my university, the situation may be different at other places. Plus student elections actually doesn't make much impact on student life. Most of the time the authorities are responsive and accessible in many universities.
     
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    Its a different subject and its debatable which is better. Actors with good intentions can become a good leader.
     
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    Compare the leaders who came out through college system. Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh, Nitish Kumar, Arun Jaitley, few commies, and Ajay Makan, Alka Lamba, Rajnath Singh hardly inspire any confidence.
    Infact irrespective of political parties many of the leaders have proved inefficient in administration. We have our faults. So is the North in colleges and politics. I say again. Misplaced priority. Do the politics after graduation.
     
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    yes, and if it is this why and that way we can be superpower etc. meanwhile for decades said states languish in the dumps.
     

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