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DUSU rivals carry out BJP, Cong’s poll campaign on campus

Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 23, 2013
First Published: 01:06 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:58 IST(25/9/2013)

Both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers helped the student parties in the recently concluded Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections. For the two political arch rivals in Delhi, it’s payback time.

The political significance of the DUSU polls can be guaged from the fact that most of the voters who exercised their franchise on the campus would be first-time voters in the Delhi assembly elections.

Also, both parties take keen interest in campus politics since the results of DUSU elections are considered a proverbial writing on the wall for the two political parties.

The BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which had won three of the four seats in the DUSU polls, has now decided to focus on mobilising young voters to support its parent party, the BJP, in the assembly polls.

The student outfit has been conducting rallies and discussions among students to understand issues that are relevant to the youth such as corruption, women’s safety and rising prices.

“We are running a strong youth campaign this time called ‘Lead for Change’. We are focusing on issues which have the maximum youth connect because we feel that unless we encourage the youth to participate in the democratic process, we will not be able to effectively address issues that face society at large,” said Rohit Chahal, state secretary, ABVP.

The ABVP had kicked off its campaign on Friday. Members of the student party said they were talking to students, going from college to college, since they form the majority of the first-time voters for the Delhi polls, scheduled to be held in November.

“We have started a youth campaign that will run till October 5, wherein we will organise skits and rallies in DU colleges to spread awareness among the students regarding the upcoming assembly polls. Nearly 1.5 lakh students from DU are eligible to vote and it’s very important to seek maximum participation from them,” Chahal added.

The Congress-supported National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has also charted out an agenda to draw support for the party’s larger issues.

“We have a four-point agenda for the upcoming polls - Quality and Equality: legal awareness to help students; traffic sense to encourage youth participation in social awareness programmes and lead your campus in order to encourage students to actively join politics,” said Amrishranjan Pandey, spokesperson, NSUI.

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