People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 36

September 05, 2010



SFI Scores Bigger, Splendid Successes in Student Unions


TROUGH a statement issued by P K Biju (MP) and Ritabrata Banerjee, respectively the president and general secretary of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) on August 28, the central executive committee (CEC) of the organisation has extends its greetings to the students of Himachal Pradesh for giving the SFI a sweeping victory in the student union elections held in the state.

In the results declared on August 27, the SFI has once again emerged victorious in the prestigious HP University in Shimla. Not only has the SFI won all the four posts, the victory margins have increased significantly on all of them. The results given below clearly show the increasing support for the SFI among the students in Himachal Pradesh University.

President: Khushi Verma, victory margin 449 (last year, it was 406)

Vice President: Vipin Mehta, victory margin 292 (last year, it was 182)

General Secretary: Sunita Ranot, victory margin 330 (last year, it was 210)

Joint Secretary: Ankush Mandial, victory margin 443 (last year, it was 378)

Alongside, the SFI has also bagged 33 out of the 43 posts of department representatives (DRs). Last year its tally was 28.

Moreover, the SFI has also swept the elections in all colleges in Shimla district, except the Sanjoli College. In the RKMV Girls College, the most renowned girls’ college in the state, the SFI has won the president’s post by a margin of over 600 votes, along with all central posts. The SFI  has  got elected  in Kotshera, Theog,  Chakmoh, HPU Evening College, Sarkaghat, Bangana, DAV Kangra,  Baijnath, Rajpura, Chamba and Chowari. The organisation won the post of president in Rampur and Jogendernagar as well.

The elections results are a fitting rebuff to the BJP state government which has unleashed massive repression against the SFI, in order to help the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) win the elections. The leadership of the SFI was implicated in false cases and its leaders at various levels were put behind bars. In Hamirpur, the SFI leadership was booked under section 307 three times within a week!

ABVP goons launched a physical attack on SFI CEC member and Himachal Pradesh state president, Vikram Singh, when he was campaigning at Dharamshala in Kangra district.

However, even such blatant misuse of state power has not been able to stop the SFI from emerging victorious. The comrades of SFI in Himachal and our elected representatives in student unions have shown over the past years that only the SFI is capable of fighting for the rights of students in the state.

These elections have also been a slap in the face of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) which has been acting as a stooge of the Congress. None other than Rahul Gandhi himself went to campaign for the NSUI in HPU, Shimla. Speaking in a seminar in the university, he asked the students to support the NSUI for making the “Bharat Nirman” campaign a success. Despite all this, the NSUI has finished third in the elections with no NSUI candidate polling more than a hundred votes. Out of the 43 department representative seats in the university, the NSUI has failed to get even a single. These results should convey a clear message to the hollow politics which Rahul Gandhi and others are trying to sell in the name of “youth power.”

The SFI CEC has congratulated the Himachal Pradesh state unit of the SFI for this splendid success in the elections.

The Himachal Pradesh Election Results have come immediately after the student union election result in Rajasthan where elections were held after a gap of six years. The SFI has got its biggest victory in the elections held in Rajasthan as well.

The results of Rajasthan and Himachal indicate the growing discontent within the student community against the anti-student policies of this government and also mark the rejection of the ABVP’s bankrupt and divisive politics, which cannot provide an alternative to these attacks.

The SFI has also reiterated its view that unless student union elections are held in all educational institutions, democratic rights of the students cannot be defended and advanced. While congratulating its comrades in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, the SFI CEC has decided to start a determined and militant struggle across all campuses to demand the holding of student union elections.