In a move that is likely to stir up Delhi University’s campus politics, the Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) on Wednesday confirmed that it would contest the DU’s Students’ Union (DUSU) elections in September.
“The CYSS was keen on fighting the DUSU elections but we were waiting for an approval from the party. They (AAP leaders) were monitoring the progress and strength of the organisation. We got the final nod on Tuesday,” said CYSS Delhi Vice-President Anmol Panwar.
The organisation has claimed that defeating the “politics of money and muscle power”, allegedly practiced by BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress’ student front National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), will be on top of its agenda.
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But the CYSS is yet to take an official stand on the controversial Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), which has faced opposition from several stakeholders of the University.
“Our main agenda right is now is to defeat the ABVP and the NSUI because they have taken no concrete measures to work for the students of the university. We will pick candidates who have an ideological understanding, not just pretty faces. We have been deliberating on CBCS, but our official stance on it will become clear when the manifesto is released,” Panwar said.
DU student union elections usually witness a straight contest between the ABVP and the NSUI.
But in the last few years, with the introduction of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in 2013, the All India Students’ Association (AISA) has also gained some support.
Meanwhile, the ABVP claimed that such “fringe elements” will make no difference to its prospects.
“DU students are very aware and they know who is working on the ground. ABVP has strengthened DUSU and worked for students, whether it was the FYUP rollback or the issue of revaluation. Fringe elements like these have come and gone every year, and this year will be no different,” said ABVP State Secretary Saket Bahuguna.
AISA State President Anmol, however, questioned the CYSS’ agenda.
“They are saying that they want to defeat politics of money and muscle power but the maximum number of posters plastered across the university belong to CYSS. They are using as much money as ABVP and NSUI,” he claimed.