With posters and cars, DU poll candidates flout rules in style

September 4th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) “Rules are meant to be broken”, seems to be the mantra of the cub politicians of Delhi University. Despite rules prohibiting the use of printed posters and vehicles during campaigning for the Friday polls, candidates have been openly flouting the regulations, and that too in style.The Lyngdoh commission, which has framed guidelines for the conduct of student union elections, has banned the use of printed posters and vehicles in the election process.

But larger than life printed posters of glamorous candidates are stuck on walls across the campus and beyond, instead of just the designated places, unabashedly flouting the rules.

“These posters were put up much earlier in the pre-election days and were later pulled down,” claimed Amrita Bahari, the out-going president of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) and a member of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), notwithstanding the scores of posters staring down from every road of the university.

Some candidates even went to the extent of saying the posters were the handiwork of the opposition parties. Bahari defended her party candidates.

“Our candidates have been following the rules. And as far as using cars to campaign - which my parties members have been blamed for - goes, it was more like a joy ride, a fun thing for a short while that a friend of the candidates had offered,” Bahari said.

The flood of posters, pamphlets and booklets with the various parties, especially the major ones - NSUI and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) - in the colleges and the campus, has not been taken kindly by the students.

“What sheer wastage of resources!” said a somewhat irritated Sulakshana Sharma, a student of Hindu College, as she shrugged away yet another booklet being forced into her hand.

“Instead of spending, rather wasting, so much money, why not pool it for the benefit of the students?” she asked.

Abhijit Dey, a student of Ramjas College, said: “These candidates keep saying that they will work for the betterment and beautification of the campus. Why not set an example by stopping littering the campus with all the posters? The metro station premises look like it has been flooded with paper.”

Ten candidates are contesting for the post of president while six are fighting for the office of vice president in the 2008 DUSU elections.

Nominations of eight candidates were cleared for contesting the post of secretary and six are in the fray for the post of joint secretary.

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