Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the student wing of the RSS has expelled its member and President of Delhi University Student Union (DUSU), Ankiv Baisoya after allegations of forging marksheets were made against him.
Earlier this year on September 13th, Ankiv won the President post for DUSU by defeating NSUI candidate Sunny Chhillar with a margin of 1,744 votes. However soon after his victory, NSUI claimed Ankiv’s candidature to be invalid as his admission in DU’s Buddhist Studies Department was done through fake graduation marksheets.
Baisoya got admission into Delhi University’s postgraduate Buddhist Studies programme, on the basis of marksheets that were allegedly issued by Thiruvalluvar University.
“Keeping in mind students struggle, emotions and expectations and in order to maintain the genuineness of Delhi University Students Union, ABVP asked Ankiv to resign from his post and also removed him from all the responsibilities of organisation till DU completes the verification process,” ABVP national media convenor Monika Chaudhary is quoted by the Indian Express as saying.
ABVP state secretary, Bharat Khatana was also quoted by Indian Express as saying, “We request DU administration to complete the verification process as soon as possible and must produce the result in public domain. We also condemn the delay done by DU in the whole process as it led to many false informations and asked the university to do the same with immediate effect, and if Ankiv is found guilty then he must face all the legal actions which are expected in this case.”
NSUI, however has called this to be only a “face-saving” attempt as it was certain that High Court in case would have disqualified Ankiv. “This is clearly a decision under pressure and not principle given the inordinate delay by the ABVP and in light of the upcoming HC order on the 20th.”
NSUI has also demanded fresh elections for DUSU and has also stated that they would pursue the matter in Court, if Delhi University administration does not listen.