Student unions gear up for FSU polls

Kathmandu, January 27:

Following the announcement of Tribhuvan University executive council to hold the Free Students Union (FSU) election on February 28, student unions have started preparing for it.

Earlier, The FSU election seemed uncertain as the All Nepal National Independent Students Union- Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), demanded that the FSU should adopt proportional election system in the changed political context. At the earlier FSU elections, ANNISU-R could not contest due to turmoil in the country. Now, along with Nepal Students’ Union (NSU) and

All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), ANNISU-R is also all set to make its mark

at the election.

“Since we do not have presence in the FSU, this election means a lot to us. The election is a doorway for us to enter into colleges and win majority of colleges,” said Ratna Dhakal, central committee member of ANNISU-R.

Talking about the change in the election system when few major students unions were demanding changes, TU vice-chancellor, Madhav Prasad Sharma, clarified that the university was not in the position to change the procedure at least for this time because the regulation should be amended to change the procedure of the election. But, he said, there is no possibility of holding the TU council meeting.

President of ANNFSU, close to UML, Thakur Gaire, said his union was in favour of amending the existing bylaws on FSU but his union would go for the election with the slogan of making the upcoming CA polls a success. The union is on internal preparation for the polls and is also preparing for poll manifesto.

General secretary of NSU, Manoj Mani Acharya, said the union has decided to send two central members to the districts for the preparation of FSU election, merging the two NSUs and also for campaigning for polls.