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As election season in Delhi University approaches,the campus is abuzz with activity. For the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls,some students organisations have already started campaigning,albeit discreetly. A bunch of DU students,however,have been visiting several colleges,attempting to garner support. Wearing badges that have a picture of Arvind Kejriwal,these volunteers for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are urging students to support them,not for DUSU polls,but for the Delhi Assembly elections.
While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal visited St Stephens College to interact with students on the functioning of a democracy,it is this group of AAP volunteers who have been trying to publicise AAP among the youth in the city. Talking about a three-point action plan,Saman Quraishi,an AAP volunteer said,The first step is to tell students that there is an alternative,to tell them that we exist. We are distributing slips and talking to students across universities in the city. The next step is to identify points of contact in each college and eventually see who can join us. Almost 99 per cent of the response that we have got have been by students who want to join our cause. Around 60 students joined AAP following Kejriwals visit to St Stephens,she added.
When asked about the DUSU elections,AAP volunteers said their focus was on the Delhi Assembly polls. Despite being the president of Zakir Husain College students union,Anuj Bhatia,who graduated in Mathematics this year,said AAP did not want to get into university polls this time. A lot of preparation is needed for university polls. We are not ready for that yet. Our priority is the Delhi elections this year, he said.
Like many other AAP volunteers from DU,Amit Kumar,was associated with Aam Aadmi Party during Anna Hazares Lokpal movement in 2011.
I became an AAP volunteer since the partys formation. I had come to Delhi University to inquire about admissions when I met Kejriwal and his supporters. They were distributing pamphlets about a hunger strike that they planned to hold. The pamphlet talked about a number of issues. I knew only about the Commonwealth Games. Arvind Kejriwal spent more than an hour with me,explaining the 2G scam, Kumar,a final year student of Computer Science at Keshav Mahavidyalaya.