NEW DELHI: Eyeing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he is busy making strategy to win the student body polls in Hyderabad Central University in Allahabad University. This 28-year-old Kashmiri youth is the face behind the National Student Union of India’s (NSUI) victory in Delhi Universtiy student body polls.
Within three months of being announced the national president of Congress’ student wing, Fairoz Khan has made the party win in student body polls in the universities of four states—Punjab, Assam, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Student of human rights department in University of Jammu, Khan was chosen by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for the post. Khan, who belongs to a middle-class family of Pogal Paristan village in Kashmir, said, “We had trained 600 students at DU, with at least one student in every class, who discussed students’ problems. This process went on for a month before the election dates were announced. We did not ask the students to vote for NSUI. Our request to them was to Take Back DU.”
Till now, Khan has managed to keep the NSUI a step ahead of its bitter rival—the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Giving credit of the victory to his team and the youth of the national capital who voted against violence and ‘forced nationalism’, Khan said, “Connecting with the students face to face, and betting on the right people worked best for the party.” He believes any sought of suppression tactic over the students will not help.