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Friday, August 30, 2013

SFI candidates have emerged victorious in 67 colleges and the 2 very important University centres of Jodhpur and Bikaner- a big leap forward from last year’s tally of 44 colleges and 1 university.


New Delhi, August 25 :SFI General Secretary Ritabrata Banerjee and President Dr V Sivadasan has issued the following statement :
Central Executive committee of  the Students’ Federation of India congratulates its Rajasthan state unit for registering emphatic victory in the students’ union elections which were held in the state yesterday. Elections were held in nearly 150 colleges and 9 Universities of the state, out of which SFI contested in 85 colleges and 2 universities, spread across 12 districts of the state. SFI candidates have emerged victorious in 67 colleges and the 2 very important University centres of Jodhpur and Bikaner- a big leap forward from last year’s tally of 44 colleges and 1 university.
SFI improved its performance in the Jai Narayan Vyas University of Jodhpur, sweeping the entire panel this time. Mahendra Jakhad has been elected as President, Lakshmi as Vice President, and Pramila Meena as General Secretary and Madhusudan Gurjar as Joint secretary. 8449 votes were polled. SFI candidates defeated NSUI on all 4 posts, victory margins being 167,150,371 and 1275 respectively. Jodhpur is a politically important district and is also the constituency of chief minister Ashok Gehlot. The mandate of the University elections has left the ruling Congress party in jittery and orchestrated scenes of violence have been seen on the streets of Jodhpur, injuring 6 students by the time this statement was being prepared. SFI candidate Ajeet Singh Poonia won the President post in the Maharaja Ganga Singh University of Bikaner, defeating the ABVP candidate by the margin of 26 votes. This is for the first time SFI won in Bikaner University.  In the Rajasthan University,Jaipur SFI supported candidate Rajesh Mandia finished third on the post of President with 1098 votes. SFI also won 3 Department representatives (DRs) in Rajasthan University.
In S.K. college of Sikar- biggest college of the state, with 13000 enrolled students- entire panel of SFI has emerged victorious. Navdeep Singh has been elected as President, Iliyas Ali as Vice-President, Mahendra Kadiya as General Secretary and Sharda Kumari Kalwaniya as Joint Secretary.
Apart from this, SFI has won 99% of seats in the colleges of Hanumangarh and Ganganagar districts. The old bases in Taranagar, Sardarshahar, Didwana, Jhunjhunu and Churu have been retained with students coming out in large numbers in support of the SFI panels. It has to be mentioned that SFI had lost in Taranagar and Jhunjhunu last year.
Certain points clearly emerge from these results. The dominance of the 2 main students’ organizations of the ruling class- NSUI and ABVP- has reduced drastically throughout the state. Out of the total 9 Universities in the State, ABVP has won 2, NSUI 1, SFI 2 and the remaining 4 have been won by the independents and local level organizations. This clearly reflects the urge for a credible non-NSUI and non-ABVP alternative, and given the fact that the assembly elections in the state are only few months away, this is going to leave its mark in the assembly elections also.
 Further, the growing prestige and strength of SFI has to be seen in the light of the fact that it was the relentless struggle of SFI that lead to the revival of the students’ union elections in the state. After the ban on polls during the reign of Chief Minister Vasundhara Rajess Scindia, SFI was able to build the movement of restoration of campus democracy throughout the state. This forced Ashok Gehlot to keep it as one of his pre-poll promises, and after assuming office, he was forced to implement his promise with thousands of students gheraoing the assembly, while the left MLAs were arguing for it inside the assembly. In the last 4 years, performance of SFI has grown by leaps and bounds. Elected unions of SFI have been role model for any leftist student union, with continuous agitation demanding better infrastructure in the colleges, increase in seats and so on. The movement for increase in seats in the colleges- ‘Paas kiya hai toh pravesh do’- has proved to be the most important initiative by the organization, forcing administration to increase seats at many places.Along with the issues of the students, SFI has also been at the forefront of the struggles of the other sections as well- most glorious being the movement for electricity and water by the farmers. It is this continuous and relentless work that has given organization the prestige which it today enjoys in the state.
These elections also saw brazen attempts of caste mobilizations by the ruling class and this is going to be the biggest challenge for the organization in the coming days. We will have to carry forward the mandate of this victory by speeding up the process of building more and more bigger unity of the students. This is the only way ahead in the fight against such forces that seek to maintain and fan the caste tensions.
CEC is confident that the organization will gear itself for these new challenges and continue its forward march in the state. The 10thSeptember ‘Dilli Chalo’ shall mark another stepping stone in this fight.

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