People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 29, 2004
The SFI central executive committee hailed the significant victories achieved by SFI contestants in the student body polls in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. In a statement issued on August 25, the CEC thanked and saluted the student community of both these states for their considerable support to SFI and for their rejection of communal ABVP and pro-liberalisation NSUI.
swept the polls in Himachal Pradesh (see report on back page) while in Rajasthan
it won the post of president in Jodhpur University. Jainarain Pooniya was
elected as president of the union here. SFI also won in areas like Dungarpur in
Rajasthan that were till date considered bastions of the RSS and BJP.
CEC felt that these results are also an indictment on the functioning of the BJP
government in Rajasthan and the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. While
the Congress government was pursuing commercialisation of education, the BJP
government apart from commercialisation, was also indulgin in communalisation of
education. In fact in these elections these two issues dominated the campaign.
The SFI stood steadfast against these policies and conducted various struggles
and agitations, which resulted in the students reposing their trust on it, felt
the CEC. It stated that the results show the students have comprehensively
rejected these policies.
CEC vowed to carry on its committed opposition to all anti-student and
anti-people policies of the governments. It also appealed to the UPA government
to take note of these results and understand the message.