By Sagar Sethi
Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sanghrash Samiti (CYSS) jumpstarted its election campaign for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections with a rock concert “DU Rocks,” at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi, today.
With performances by distinguished playback singer Shilpa Rao and illustrious musician Vishal Dadlani, the concert was emceed by Raghu Ram, a face once popular on MTV.
The massive event had recently courted controversy in its wake with Congress calling it a blatant violation of DUSU election rules. However, the acquisitions couldn’t stop State Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Chief Minister of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal from wooing DU’s freshmen.
While Dadlani pumped up the youth with ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Vande Matram’, Kejriwal’s promise of education loans up to 10 lakhs left the newly inducted members of Delhi University rooting for CYSS’s election candidates.
Although the event wasn’t any different from earlier such voter appeasing moves by ABVP or NSUI, Kejriwal urged the students to shun popular ‘money and power’ politics and vote for an ‘alternate’ student body.
AAP’s strategy of pulling the ‘aam’ young voters a little closer to its ‘aam’ politics seems to have hit the bull’s eye as the jam packed stadium and a won over crowd chanted praises for AAP and CYSS.