Terming the youth as the future of the party, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal launched the party’s youth wing— AAP Youth Wing (AYW)— and its student wing— Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)— on Saturday.
The party chose freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary for the launch and focused on a movement against the practice of dowry and on the safety of women.
The former Delhi chief minister administered a five-point pledge to the young members which included fighting for women safety, not taking or giving dowry, undertake a simple marriage ceremony and oppose communalism and casteism.
CYSS was active last year and made its presence felt during the anti-four year undergraduate programme (FYUP) stir. It had planned to contest this year’s Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election but decided against it at the last minute.
Kejriwal said that the youth must have the capacity to face personal humiliation, but should stand up against the humiliation of the society and the country.
Other AAP leaders such as Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Gopal Rai, Bhagwant Maan and Sanjay Singh were also present at the launch and spoke about the expectations of the party from the youth.
The party organized a blood donation camp during the day at its national headquarters at East Patel Nagar.
With the state assembly elections a real possibility, political parties are going all out to engage the youth to whatever extent they can.
According to psephologists, the youth was instrumental in giving AAP its 28 seats in the previous elections.
Those present at the launch also said that they believed in the party.
“I have been following AAP since its inception and I believe that they have the power to change the way we perceive politics today. They have already reintroduced the forgotten element of accountability in politics,” said Sumant Ray, a Delhi University student who was present at the launch.