The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election may be two weeks away but the campus is already littered with posters and pamphlets. Posters can also be seen on metro pillars and walls in other parts of the city.
The university has issued guidelines against littering and warned campaigners that any vehicles moving around with banners and posters will be impounded.
But there is little adherence to rules.
DU chief election officer DS Rawat has written to Delhi Police commissioner Alok Verma, requesting him to take action against those who deface public property.
The National Green Tribunal had also asked the university to ensure the polls are environment-friendly and that paper is not wasted.
There are instances where campaigners move around in cars and randomly fling posters bearing the names of the candidates.
“We have requested the officials concerned to take action. Police and MCD have to increase vigil and arrest those violating laws. On Friday, we have a meeting with the joint commissioner. We will raise these issues,” said Rawat.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student’s union of the Congress and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are gearing up for the big fight.
The CEO personally wrote to the political organisations, asking them to follow the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act and the recent NGT order. According to the law, defacement of property is a punishable act.
The ABVP said it had asked their members to limit the use of paper and blamed the NSUI for littering the campus.
“As an organisation, we have strictly advised everyone to restrain from doing such things. If anyone is doing this, they are doing this at a personal level and are not official candidates of the student body,” said Saket Bahuguna, ABVP’s national media convener.
The NSUI said it had warned students that those who in litter will be discredited from the party.
“To avoid the wastage of paper, we have created a WhatsApp group and a Facebook page for each college, and have been trying to disseminate information through that. Three months ago, we had taken a stand on not wasting paper,” said Vivekananda Pathak, NSUI national secretary.
Thee DUSU elections will be held on September 9.