DUSU elections and the failure of AAP to set an example
The Aam Aadmi Party, fondly known as the ‘AAP’ has changed the way youth used to think in many ways. In fact, I owe a lot of my political understanding, flawed or otherwise to Arvind Kejriwal, and I am really thankful to the movement and the party for making me sensitive towards certain issues I was unaware of.
I have been volunteering for AAP since 2013, and before that I was a passive supporter of the India Against Corruption movement. I have shouted slogans, danced on streets, and have also handled social media for the party. Though I have played a small role in AAP’s victory, yet I would like to believe that it was quite significant.
I decided to stay with the party even when it was being unjust to the likes of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant
While, ABVP and NSUI have been flouting these rules shamelessly since years, it pains to see CYSS- AAP’s student wing- using the traditional means of money and muscle power to campaign. While we are used to see huge hoardings of NSUI and ABVP before the elections, it is disheartening to see CYSS join the bandwagon. AAP, which projected itself as an epitome of alternative politics has totally lost its purpose, as now it has reduced DUSU elections to merely a battle of inflated egos. CYSS is even one step ahead of ABVP and NSUI in making a mockery of Lyngdoh Committee’s guidelines. The AAP had a great opportunity in the form of DUSU elections to show students that elections can be fought without money and power, but they probably are not convinced of their own principles and are ready to sacrifice them.
As per the guidelines laid down by the Committee, political parties are supposed to disassociate themselves from the unions, but DU has a different story to tell. Here we see large hoardings of Arvind Kejriwal urging students to ‘vote for honest politics.’ We see AAP MLAs and ministers blatantly violating guidelines and campaigning for the candidates in campus and even classrooms. All the principles of clean politics have been disgraced and still the AAP and CYSS leaders and volunteers are under the illusion that they are bringing about a change in the Indian political scenario.
Everything now has become a game of political loyalties, and hence AAP has ceased to become an agent of change, but just a ‘lesser of the three evils’. And DUSU elections is just one election, we have MCD and most importantly Punjab elections lined up. By then their politics would have diluted to an extent that we won’t be able to differentiate between them and the traditional parties.
No matter whosoever wins this election, Arvind Kejriwal will lose as a leader who inspired many like me to enter the system and clean it from within. It is not the same anymore.
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