Dehradun: Following the footsteps of senior politicos, local student leaders have begun to mobilise youths in the state capital ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
NSUI leader Nitin Joshi appeals to two college students to vote for his parent party, the Congress, in Dehradun on Thursday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/ht photo)
From assisting students in making their voting cards to organising special meetings to apprise them about their party’s policies, they are taking all possible measures to garner youth support for their respective parent outfits.
The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the wing of the Congress, is raring to rally behind its parent party in the upcoming elections. The NSUI members have already begun sensitising students by spreading awareness about the achievements of the Congress-led UPA among the youths.
“We recently organised brainstorming sessions with groups of students, wherein we asked them to share their vision of a young, progressive India. We created a students’ manifesto comprising issues, concerns and suggestions from the youth for the Congress. We gained a lot of student support through the activity and have sent the response to the NSUI high command,” said Vineet Prasad Bhatt, Dehradun district head of NSUI.
The NSUI has also given instructions to its volunteers to personally visit students’ homes for seeking their families’ support as well. “Besides this, we are also actively making use of the social networking sites to connect the youth,” said Bhatt.
Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is making efforts to build up support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Its members recently coordinated a major voter card enrollment drive in the premises of DAV (PG) College, Dehradun’s biggest government college. “We helped around 700 students to apply for voter cards. Next up, we would organise special student meets to convey the BJP’s ideology among the youth,” said ABVP leader and president of DAV College Siddharth Rana.<
Also on the ABVP’s agenda is holding a face-off between sitting MLAs/MPs of the region in order to spur “politics of intellect” among youngsters.
“We plan to organise open sessions wherein students can interact with veteran politicians directly. We would also be bringing in BJP leaders so that they can share their manifesto points with the youths,” Rana added.
Student leaders may be working hard, but not everyone is amused.“It’s time to pay the price for broken promises. The very student leaders who are asking our support right now (for political parties) never kept their own promises (made at the time of students union elections). It’s best not to fall in their trap,” said Pankaj, a graduation student at DAV College.