The student wings of various political parties including Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the right- wing association backed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), affiliated to Indian National Congress, All India Students’ Association (AISA), the students’ wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist- Leninist), have been active in gathering support for their respective parent parties for this upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2014. Various tools primarily used by these students’ parties for the mobilization of support include nukkad nataks, distribution of pamphlets, conducting meetings and door to door campaigns.
Aman Awana, Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) President and member of ABVP, says “We are conducting door to door campaigns in order to spread awareness for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Along with these campaigns, we also have a set target of holding more than 1200 street-plays at places like metro stations, different wards, blocks and colleges, so as to gain support for BJP.” The street plays being performed are themed at showings the ill-effects of a Congress backed government and thus concluding in favour of BJP. “A minimum of 20 volunteers are allocated to each ward of Delhi/NCR, who are part of our campaign, VOTE FOR MODI. These volunteers perform nukkad nataks in their specified wards and thus create awareness.”
The students’ committee of NSUI has been re-elected on 31st March 2014 and the badge holders of this newly formed committee have been assigned their duties for the Lok Sabha elections campaigning. Ankit Dedha, the National Secretary of NSUI said “Parliamentary seats like Meerut, Bareilly and Agra have been selected with established universities and election campaigns and awareness meetings are held in these selected cities, wherein Congress’s manifesto is being read out and students are explained the benefits associated to them, mentioned in the manifesto”
Chattra YUVA Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the students’ wing of AAP has also been effective in gathering support for its parent party. Avinash, member of CYSS, said, “We have been part of the road shows that have been conducted by AAP under Kejriwal’s leadership. The members of CYSS have been active in appealing people, especially students by creating awareness programs and distributing pamphlets, in support of various candidates of AAP.”