the blast in the heart of the Capital, did not have much impact on the Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) as it released its election manifesto for Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, with pomp and show and brought in Bollywood celeb Mahima Chaudhary for the event.
Life goes on: Actress Mahima Chaudhary and NSUI candidates, release the group's manifesto, at Constitution Club on Wednesday. PIC/Natisha Mallick
The event was scheduled at 3pm, a good five hours after the blast. The manifesto is carefully drafted and sets high expectations, pointing out the drawbacks of the outgoing ABVP. NSUI leaders say they had cancelled all their morning campaigning sessions and rushed to the blast site.
Since it was just the day before the polls, set to take place on September 9, the party leaders say they did not have a choice but to release the manifesto, else it would have been of no significance.
"We kept the release low profile and had also cancelled all campaigning activities scheduled both for south and north campus. Besides, the Bollywood celeb joined in later when the manifesto had already been released," said Bharat Kumar, secretary, NSUI.