AAP hopes to make inroads in DUSU polls
Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) polls have proved to be a stepping stone to the mainstream politics for many including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, AAP MLA Alka Lamba, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta and senior Congress leader Ajay Maken.
AAP's student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is also likely to contest the September <g data-gr-id="44">polls,</g> though no decision has yet been taken. "No decision has been taken on this as yet. The party leadership will decide on this soon," said CYSS president Anupam Singh Yadav said.
However, it has started working to increase its base by helping students in the admission process to raising student-specific issues, just like its rivals – ABVP, the students wing of the RSS, and NSUI of the Congress.
"Our major thrust is of course on DU as 54,000 admissions take place every year. We have our team <g data-gr-id="45">deputed</g> in 40 colleges, helping out students with the admission process. We added 50 new volunteers to the wing during the admission process and there are 3,500 sympathisers in different colleges,” Yadav said.
He added: "But we also have teams at JNU, IIT-Delhi and Indraprastha University. There are teams catering to students, appearing for civil services in the Mukherjee Nagar area and chartered accountancy in the Laxmi Nagar area."
CYSS is one of the major and active frontal organisations of AAP, which was relaunched before Delhi Assembly polls. It had played a significant role in mobilising support for the party when it was out of power.
Ahead of elections, it had <g data-gr-id="37">deputed</g> its volunteers at Metro stations, urging people to vote for the party. Its former chief Sarita Singh was also rewarded with an AAP ticket from Rohtas Nagar. Singh is now a parliamentary secretary in the AAP government.
The students wing's ambitious plan is not just limited to Delhi. Ahead of Punjab polls, where AAP has ambitious plans, it has formed several frontal organisations and the students wing is one of them. This week, the AAP's Maharashtra Unit also launched its students and youth wing.