Even as senior corporators battle it out to secure tickets for the civic polls, student wings of all major parties have jumped into the fray, demanding seats for their candidates.
"We have asked for eight seats. We have done a lot for the university and students. We think it's time that the youth be represented in the civic body," said Suraj Singh Thakur, the Mumbai president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI).
The student wings want to ensure that young citizens exercise their duty by voting in the civic polls and have decided to reach out to them through the Internet.
"We will upload the candidate's attributes and development works carried out by him on these sites and appeal to people to vote for him," Thakur said.
Yuva Sena too, will launch its new website soon, said Amol Kirtikar, a member. Through this, they will campaign aggressively for the Shiv Sena. "We are also planning to perform street plays concentrating on development works carried out by the Shiv Sena-BJP combine in the last five years," he said. However, he denied that Yuva Sena members were asking for seats.
In the MNS student wing, aspirants had to go though the same grueling selection process as those eyeing to contest on behalf of the political party. "The members of our wing had to sit for poll exams and gave interviews. We will hold a student wing convention on January 18, where senior party leaders will guide us," said student wing president Aditya Shirodkar.
These wings could play a crucial role in attracting youngsters to vote. Data from the state election commission's voter registration drive shows that there are close to 17 lakh new voters in the city. Most of them are college going students, and students wings could help draw them to polling booths.