The student wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) faced another embarrassment on Wednesday as senior Himachal BJP leader and former chief minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal's son, Arun Dhumal re-launched a student wing of Himachal Pradesh.
The development comes a day after its campus president, Sukhjot Singh, joined National Students Union of India (NSUI) at a function on Tuesday afternoon, but later retracted.
A number of ABVP leaders of Chandigarh and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) were also seen at the press conference.
Anil Sharma was declared as president, Nikhil Rangra as chairman, Shilpa as girl-wing incharge and Pankaj ,Aditya Manglesh, Uday sharma, Karan Ran and Ravinder as general secretaries.
ABVP had won the post of vice-president in the student council elections in alliance with other parties for the first time in campus polls in recent years in September 2013. But the party failed to impress the students. The party leaders however, said that idea behind launch of new student wing from Himachal Pradesh was to protect interests of students from the state. There are already are two unions of the state in PU.
Meanwhile, ABVP also held a press conference to clarify the issue pertaining to its campus president, Sukhjot Singh joining NSUI and later retracting on Tuesday. Singh himself was present in the press conference and alleged that he was blackmailed by NSUI leaders.
“I was kept in dark and was not even allowed to take calls from others on Tuesday. They were keeping a strict watch on me and their vehicles followed me wherever I went,” he claimed.
Senior ABVP leader, Dinesh Chauhan said they were looking at all options including registering a case of kidnapping against NSUI leaders in Sukhjot Singh's case.