As the University of Hyderabad is all set for students’ union election this year, new political equations have emerged. Being the first student election in the campus after the tragic death of Rohith Vemula, and the following political repercussions across the country, this year’s electoral process is likely to be keenly watched and followed by many.
Scheduled for Wednesday, this year’s election will see two major alliances led by the Student Federation of India (SFI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) battling for votes.
Meanwhile, two other two major outfits in the campus – Ambedakar Student’s Association (ASA), the organisation in which Rohith was an active member, and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI)- will contest in the election independently.
Forming a united face against rival ABVP, a new alliance called the United Front for Social Justice (UFSJ) has been formed in the campus, bringing the SFI, Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), Tribal Student’s Federation (TSF), Telengana Vidhayrthi Vedika (TVV) and Bahujan Students’ Front (BSF) together.
“The UFSJ is formed as a wider platform to wage uncompromising struggle against social oppression and economic inequality. Though the immediate objective is to defeat the ABVP in electoral battle, the ideas behind this platform is not limited to this. This platform will be developed further as an model and message for the country to fight against all kind of communalism and neoliberalism,” says SFI HCU unit secretary Harikumar MS.
On the other side, the ABVP will join hands with Other Backward Class Association (OBCA), an organisation formed last year by an ex-SFI leader in the campus.
“We are not in a fight with any other organisations in this campus, we are fighting for the cause of students. We are more concerned about the day-to-day issues of student community, and that makes us eligible to contest in this election,” says ABVP HCU president Karan Palsaniya.
However, though participating in this election independently, the ASA and the NSUI will contest only for limited posts. The ASA has nominated its candidate only for the post of president, while the NSUI will contest for the post of vice-president and general secretary. The results are expected to be announced on Thursday.
In 2015, the SFI-TSF-DSU-TVV alliance had swept the Union Election, winning all the nine posts, including the president and general secretary.