Rajasthan: NSUI faces defeat in student union polls ahead of 2023 assembly elections

The student wing of the ruling Congress faced a major defeat across the state and lost in Gehlot's home region Jodhpur in Jaynarayan Vyas University and other colleges.

IANSUpdated: Monday, August 29, 2022, 03:25 PM IST
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NSUI and Youth Congress workers after blackening the effigies of the senior Congress leaders torched them beneath the party’s headquarters at Rajeev Bhavan in Ujjain on Saturday. | FP PHOTO

Jaipur: The lackluster performance of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the student union polls in Rajasthan has alarmed Congress ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls in the state.

The student wing of the ruling Congress faced a major defeat across the state and lost in Ashok Gehlot's home region Jodhpur in Jaynarayan Vyas University and other colleges.

In the government college of Tonk, the constituency of Sachin Pilot, ABVP -- BJP's student wing -- won.

NSUI has lost badly in Shekhawati University and SK College in Sikar, the home district of Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasara.

In Jodhpur, Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot failed to win despite his campaigning, the NSUI candidate could not win the president's post in any major universities even when many Congress MLAs and ministers were active from behind the scenes.

NSUI State President Abhishek Chaudhary is also from Jodhpur district, but he too could not help in getting a win.

Vishvendra Singh, Bhajanlal Jatav, Zahida, and Subhash Garg are ministers from the Bharatpur district where NSUI was defeated again. The ABVP won in Maharaja Surajmal University in Bharatpur, a district with four ministers and two board chairmen.

It also faced defeat in Kota University and Colleges in Kota, in the area of UDH Minister Shanti Dhariwal who comes next in rank after the CM.

Mahendrajit Singh Malviya and Arjun Bamania are ministers from Banswara district. NSUI has lost there too. NSUI has lost Maharaja Ganga Singh University and Veterinary University in the Bikaner district being ruled by Minister BD Kalla and Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati.

NSUI has also suffered a crushing defeat in the tribal areas of Dungarpur and Banswara too. Dungarpur, in fact, is the constituency of Youth Congress State President Ganesh Ghoghra.

Congress MLA from Osian, Divya Maderna, came out in the open and stated that the main reason for the defeat of NSUI is not giving tickets to deserving candidates. It has also been reported that there was a lot of delay in giving tickets and the focus was not on the strategy to win the elections. Internal factionalism also contributed to the loss, she said on her Twitter handle.

Meanwhile, other leaders are silently studying the trend and could be heard saying, "Youth voters are considered to be trendsetters in the Assembly elections. The defeat of the student organisation of the Congress in the areas of big leaders has shown the mindset of the youth for the party.

"Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has already announced that the focus would now be on the youth, so let's see if we gain some ground till the Assembly elections," a senior leader remarked.

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