In a bid to set themselves apart from the other contesting parties in the fray, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the AAP’s students’ wing, has decided to move away from the practice of issuing a manifesto before the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections and will issue a “charter of demands” instead.
Under a campaign called “Sadda Haq”, the party will release pamphlets of “rights” that students should demand from the university, the state government and the Central government. The CYSS is making its debut in the DUSU elections this year.
Senior leaders involved in the campaign said they moved away from issuing a manifesto because they had become little more than photocopies. “The ABVP and the NSUI repeat the same promises in their manifestos ad nauseum. In our view, each manifesto is a photocopy of the previous year’s promises. Students and the media at large get bored with this process. The youth of today is far more informed and doesn’t live in the past,” a leader said.
In differently coloured one-page pamphlets, the CYSS will speak of rights on “income, degree and Wi-Fi”, issues it feels are important to the student community.
The pamphlet for “Right to Wi-Fi”, for instance, reads, “We, the students of Delhi University, through the CYSS, demand the right to Wi-Fi. We are aware that the Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is in the process of starting the Aam Aadmi Wi-Fi project.”
It then goes on to demand that Wi-Fi be implemented in the university’s special buses, public spaces on the North and South campus as well as in colleges. Similarly, the right to a degree/education loan speaks of the benefits of the AAP’s “Skill Education Guarantee Scheme” and demands its quick rollout, while the “Right to Income” asks for job fairs to be held every 11 months.
Senior AAP leader Ashish Talwar said, “The CYSS came up with this because students are tired of the same old practices where manifestos are basically a photocopy of previous years. Today’s youth is wiser and more assertive in its rightful demands and the CYSS wants to be representative of that.”