Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday organised a “Chhatra hunkar rally” in Lucknow.
Appealing for a change in rule in Uttar Pradesh, ABVP leaders demanded that political parties, including SP, BSP, Congress and even Independent candidates, explain their agenda regarding quality of education, employment for youths and students’ union elections.
ABVP national organisation secretary Sunil Ambekar said that there was need for a “surgical strike” in UP too for improving quality of education as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Army did against corruption and terrorism.
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In reference to previous Lok Sabha elections, Ambekar said students had called for the eradication of corruption with the slogan “Chhatra shakti aati hai.. singhasan khali karo”, that led to a storm of change in the country and entire society stood up against corruption.
He congratulated the Centre for working against corruption with the first step – demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
While the ABVP was targeted after the suicide of research scholar of Hyderabad University Rohith Vemula, Ambekar said his group always ensured that Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) students got their rights. He said that leaders and political parties who politicise SC/ST’s issues use funds from such students’ scholarships for their own purposes.
Targeting Samajwadi Party government and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Ambekar said UP did not need the politics of “fake Samajwadi and casteism”, but BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay’s ideology.
He said this was a crucial period in UP politics and raised the slogan, “Chhatra shakti aayi hai-parivartan ki aandhi layi hai”.
ABVP national joint organisation secretary Shrinivas said ABVP may help change the government in the UP. He said that education policy should be incorporated in the election agenda of the political parties.
Tanu, a student leader from Aligarh, said that claims of the Akhilesh government on women security were baseless because crimes against them were rising. “Today’s student will not vote to get laptops and smartphones,” she said.