The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got a shot in the arm after Delhi University (DU) finally agreed to scrap the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The party cadres are already terming it as the BJP’s achievement — this was part of their Delhi manifesto released ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The party led by health minister Harsh Vardhan had promised to scrap the FYUP in its Delhi manifesto released in April. At that time, party leaders had said the implementation of FYUP was ‘unnecessary’ and wasted a precious year of study.
The move might prove to be a big boost for the BJP in case of state re-elections; the party cadres are all set to campaign about it aggressively by going door-to-door informing people about their ‘victory’.
Moreover, with student union elections in Delhi University round the corner in August, the scrapping of the FYUP is going to be a major poll issue for ABVP — an organisation sympathetic to the saffron party.
The BJP’s Delhi unit released a statement welcoming the move to roll back FYUP.
They were even quick to term it as a victory of the human resources minister Smriti Irani.
Ashish Sood, vice-president, said: “Delhi state BJP appreciates the mature decision of Smriti Irani, HRD minister, in bringing about a solution on this issue without directly interfering in the affairs of Delhi University and thereby respecting its autonomy.”
Sood said the admission process of the students at DU should begin without any further delay and assured the BJP would extend all help to the students seeking admission.
The Aam Aadmi Patry (AAP) was also quick to take credit for it and blamed the Congress and BJP for the mess.
“The Delhi University Vice-Chancellor has been rightly forced to roll back his ill-thought and unjustified decision of implementing the FYUP. The entire episode has shown the two successive governments (the Congress-led UPA and the current BJP-led NDA governments) in poor light,” said an AAP spokesperson.
“AAP is shocked at the manner in which they have wreaked havoc on the higher education by their callous handling of the FYUP issue,” the spokesperson added.