Students from Delhi University, JNU, and Jamia Millia Islamia actively participated in ABVP and DUSU-led protest march against JNU hostel fee-hike. The protest commenced from Mandi House and drew to a close near the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
A total of 160, including 3 differently-abled student-protestors were detained during the protest at Parliament Street. The protestors demanded a complete rollback of the increased hostel-fee amount, resumption of classes and categorically rejected the new hostel manual. They also demanded an end to the prevaricating attitude of MHRD and unreserved acceptance of their demands.
Sidharth Yadav, Secretary, ABVP Delhi, said, “We demand a complete rollback of the hiked hostel fee. Today’s protest has only served to fortify our fight for reversion to the earlier fee-structure. In principle, ABVP is against the ongoing series of fee hikes across several educational institutions and would request their respective administrations to refrain from such inexcusable conduct.
We chose to organize a separate protest vis-a-vis JNUSU because of the latter’s unseemly actions wherein they desecrated the university space and damaged public property, in addition to undercutting the momentum and sullying the spirit of the ongoing movement. While they employ profitable victimhood to further their self-serving ends, we choose the openhanded and inclusive approach in our fight for justice.”
Durgesh Kumar, President, ABVP, JNU, said, “Left-oriented organizations, in an infelicitous act of misrepresentation, misappropriation and crass political expediency, have blunderingly acquiesced to the intervention of HRD Ministry’s High Powered Committee into the ongoing issue. We reject such interposition and push for the uncritical acceptance of all our demands.”
Manish Jangid, Secretary, ABVP, JNU, said, “While JNUSU has thrown in the towel, we continue to hold out. The manner in which the police authorities stymied our protest was undemocratic. We call for the HRD Minister to either unconditionally comply with our demands or resign forthwith.”
Akshit Dahiya, President, DUSU, said, “DUSU stands in opposition to this undue increase in JNU hostel fee. We stand in unison with all sincere protestors and request the government to put in place a discrete regulatory body to independently judge the necessity as well as delineate the quantum of any fee hikes in the future. Our successes against similar fee-hikes in Delhi University is a testament to our commitment and our capability to take this fight to its logical end.”