NSUI member of DUSU disowns anti-communist posters, ABVP says nothing wrong
New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) An office-bearer of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) on Friday disowned posters and hoardings which cropped up in the campus a day before showing instances of “communist violence”.
“… We totally disown them. I have complained to the administration and the Delhi Police for misusing the name of DUSU. Why does ABVP have to put such horrifying images everywhere in the Delhi University to justify the violence it did on common students and professors the other day (February 22),” DUSU Joint Secretary, Mohit Garid, said in a statement.
Garid belongs to Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI), which holds but one seat out of four in the student body.
On the other hand, the President of the student body, which is dominated by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) holding three of the four posts, stood by the posters and justified the content they disseminated.
“NSUI holds just one seat in the DUSU, the rest three are with ABVP. We stand by the posters and still believe that there was nothing wrong with them,” DUSU President Amit Tanwar told IANS.
“Although the posters have now been removed, the students have got our message,” he said.
Many posters and hoardings were seen occupying the university space on Thursday with denunciatory messages against the communist parties and the left-wing All India Students Association (AISA), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).
“Rapist AISA, go back!”, “Desh 1947 se azaad hai, par vaampanthiyon ki soch wahi” (the country has been independent since 1947, but the leftists have not let go their old thinking), could be read in the messages slapped across walls of the campus.
Garid condemned the tactic as “extremely instigatory” and as “spewing venom” in a letter sent to the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity.
He requested that the posters be removed and a ban slapped on the ABVP in the campus.
“I request you to direct the removal of these posters immediately. I also demand a ban on the ABVP for all the chaos created by them. We have never seen the discourse fall to such a low in the past… It is all with an intention to incite violence which is not acceptable to us,” Garid in the letter to the VC.
The ABVP had carried out a march on Thursday to protect the campus from “anti-national” activities.