NEW DELHI: With just two days left for election campaigning for the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) polls Aam Aadmi Party leaders visited many colleges in order to “appeal the students to vote for honesty”.
Party leaders Bhagwant Mann and Raghav Chadda on Tuesday visited Delhi University to campaign for party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) for a moral boost up. Quite to the ire of election Commission managing the polls which termed it as gross violation, raising more doubts about the "change in politics" that AAP talks about is just a lip service.
"This is a gross violation of Lyngdoh Committee rules and is unfortunate that the law makers are indulging in such activities. As per rules, only the candidates can visit the
colleges during the campaigning time," said Chief Election
Commissioner for DUSU polls, DS Rawat.
As per the rules, the university does not permit any endorsement of candidates by political parties for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls. Also when the model code of conduct is in force, no political leaders are allowed to visit the campus for any reason.
"The principals should report the matter to the election office and we will issue show-cause notices to them. But unless we get a complaint from them we can't take suo-motu action," Rawat said further.
"But even after the elections are over and the grievance redressal cell rules that there was a violation of code, the election for the particular post can be cancelled," he added.
The university had on Monday issued memos to 16 candidates from four student political parties for violating the model code of conduct for DUSU elections by using printed material for campaigning with names of political parties in it.
"Violation of the code is when they enter the classes. Visiting the campus is not a violation of the code. Also they just went to appeal the students vote for honesty," said CYSS member.
The polls are scheduled to be held on September 11