New Delhi: Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), which has been considered as a stepping stone to mainstream politics over the years, will see six of its former office bearers sweating it out in the February 7 polls.
While four of the former DUSU leaders started their career with BJP’s youth wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), two of them began with Congress affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI).
Nupur Sharma, who was elected as DUSU President in 2008, is locked in a fight with former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the high-profile New Delhi constituency. Congress has fielded former Union Minister Kiran Walia from the seat.
After her stint with the ABVP, the youth wing of BJP, 29-year-old Nupur was appointed as the media co in-charge of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha in 2010. Later, she became the executive committee member of BJP Delhi and was part of the media committee for 2013 polls in Delhi.
“DUSU definitely was a stepping stone for my political career. It is there that I learnt how to mobilize youth support,” she says. Contesting from Rohini is former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta.
He was elected as Vice President in 1984 DUSU polls and later became the President of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha.
51-year-old Gupta has been elected thrice in the Municipal elections from Rohini that too with the highest margin in Delhi. He is pitted against AAP’s Charanji Lal Gupta and Congress’ Sukhbir Sharma.
“I learnt the nuances of politics during my college years at SRCC. Infact, before holding the DUSU Vice President post, I was secretary of the Janta Vidyarthi Morcha in 1983. Youth transforming into future leaders, is neither a new notion nor a new trend. It has been there since decades,” he says.