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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Students of Himachal elect SFI yet again!

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Students of Himachal elect SFI yet again!                                                                                              18.08.2013
SFI General Secretary Ritabrata Banerjee and President Dr.V. Sivadasan have issued the following statement.

Central Executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India congratulates the Himachal Pradesh state committee for registering clean sweep in the SCA elections of the Himachal Pradesh University for 23rd time in the past 29 years, as well winning a large number of seats in the various colleges of the state. SFI won all the four seats of the panel with Rajan Hartta winning the presidential post, Gopal Singh becoming vice president, Piyush Sewal winning the secretary post and Monika Dhadda winning the joint secretary post. SFI candidates in all the four seats defeated ABVP candidates with victory margins being 194, 5, 247 and 267 votes respectively. SFI also won 32 Department representatives (DRs) out of the total 50 DRs in HPU.

SFI also swept the entire panel in the lone girl college in the state Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyayala of Shimla. In Evening College Shimla the SFI retained all the 4 central posts. Out of nearly 200 central posts contested in the colleges of the entire state SFI won 74 central posts. In 5 Colleges SFI lost the Presidential post by very thin margins of 10 to 15 votes.

These results have been achieved in spite of the fact that there was a tacit understanding between the NSUI and ABVP. In Hamirpur- the assembly of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and also the home town of the state president of Congress Sukhwinder Sukhhu, SFI has swept all 15 central seats. It is to be noted that SFI activist Rohit was murdered in Hamirpur last year by ABVP goons for protesting against eve teasing. This is for the first time the performance of SFI has been such impressive in Hamirpur.

Even in Mandi- the home district of Chief Minister Veerbhadra singh- SFI has won 11 central seats giving a fitting response to the ruling Congress party. Results in many colleges show that both NSUI and ABVP have transferred votes for each other’s candidates on different posts, so that the SFI candidates could be defeated. In the run up to the students’ union elections, college administration at many places acted on the behest of the ruling Congress party to cancel the nominations of many of SFI candidates on some pretext or the other. In many places Congress and BJP goons kidnapped entire panels of SFI.

Facing such difficulties SFI has emerged as not only victorious in the students’ union elected, but also as the preferred choice of the student community of the state.

These results show the faith that the students have in SFI. It is the faith with which we have been able to defeat every anti-student move of the ruling classes. Even in this year’s elections, SFI went into the polls on the agenda of intensifying the fight against RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyaan) - a clear neo-liberal model of higher education which has been pushed through in the state in the name of quality and student centric system, but has actually restricted the entry to higher education. Election results are clearly a mandate against RUSA and all other anti-student measures brought by the state and central governments. As the 10th September ‘Dilli Chalo’ call of CEC draws nearer, this mandate will be channelized into even bigger mobilizations.

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