Elections for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) may witness a triangular contest this year, with the Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) keen to contest the polls. The association said it was ready to fight the elections and was awaiting the green flag from the party leadership to take the final call.
“We have a good presence in DU. Students from the body have been helping students during the admission season. Our internal surveys reveal that students in DU want change and will vote for us. We are ready, but the final decision to contest elections has to be taken by the party,” Anmol Panwar, DU CYSS president, said.
To show that it means business, the body has already got to work and is busy telling students about the Arvind Kejriwal government facilitating mortgage-free educational loan of up to Rs 10 lakh. Posters plastered all over DU claim the Kejriwal government guaranteeing student loans to pursue higher education and facilitating bank loans were among the key poll promises of the AAP.
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With DU colleges set to start admissions after the first cut-off list on Thursday, CYSS volunteers plan to be of help to students.
“We have formed teams to help students with the admission process. CYSS’s presence was also very conspicuous in the university during the registration process. We had set up helpdesks to assist admission seekers,” Pawar said.
The association claimed to have a presence in 50-odd DU colleges, something it says will help make it a formidable opponent to both the ABVP and NSUI.
“We want to change how student elections are fought. Traditionally, it is people with muscle and money who stand for elections and win. We want to bring intelligent, well-informed candidates so that students in DU have an alternative choice. Around 40 per cent of students actually vote. If we fight, our target will be the 60 per cent who don’t because they don’t think there is a good candidate to vote for,” Pawar said.