NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress on Wednesday said the US speech of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi helped Congress's student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) make a stunning comeback in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls the results of which were counted on Wednesday. The students who voted in the DUSU polls had access to Rahul Gandhi's speech through social media and television channels before voting took place for DUSU polls+ .
Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said: "The students listened to the address of PM Narendra Modi on September 11 and Rahul Gandhi's speech on September 12 and reacted (through voting). Rahul Gandhi's speech clicked with the students and they did not like Modi's speech. The students were impressed with Rahul Gandhi's speech and voted for NSUI." Modi addressed a gathering of students on the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago address on Monday.
NSUI won the elections for the posts of president and vice president on Wednesday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) lost the posts of president and vice president after four years. NSUI's Rocky Tuseed won the president's post defeating ABVP's Rajat Choudhary while Kunal Sehrawat won the post of vice president. ABVP has won the post of secretary and joint secretary.
"The students made definite comparison of the two speeches and students then voted for NSUI and Congress," Maken said.
Maken, who was a Union minister during UPA government, rejected the wide criticism of Rahul Gandhi's views on dynastic politics made at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday. "The section of social media where criticism of the speech was made, as Rahul Gandhi himself said, is controlled by 1000 people behind the computer screens. They are managed by the person who is supposed to manage the country. That is something the students understood pretty well and they have answered it," Maken told TOI.
In his speech Rahul Gandhi defended the charge of being a dynast and said that this was true of other parties as well and this is how India runs. BJP accused Rahul Gandhi of being a "failed dynast".
He said that always DUSU elections have been held on Friday-Saturday so that the counting is done on Sunday and the classes are not disturbed. "The elections were smartly postponed for September 12, a day after the PM makes his speech. It was a conspiracy to take undue advantage in the elections. The students have rejected the speech of PM," Maken said.