Should AAP participate in DU elections this year?
Political analysts are of the view that before entering in to Delhi University students' politics Aam Aadmi Party should do their homework in terms of figuring students' problems and the ways to sort out them.
Dr. Pradip K. Datta, Political Science Professor, Delhi University
If AAP is planning to enter in student politics, so, I don't think AAP should enter immediately into elections. The strength of AAP is not because of electoral party. AAP's electoral strength comes from doing some day to day work and they should think what are they ways in which they can help different student communities. The Delhi University is a mixture of students who belong to different communities. So, they have to divide different kinds of ways to help students.
AAP should better think about to sort out students' problems either its related to politics or any other issue. And that is the only way, by which I think ABVP and NSUI have been doing their politics. So AAP needs to focus on the ways to help students on a long term basis, may be a year or something then they will build up a support.
And after that they can plan to contest. See, AAP is no longer an influential party and they have to recover the goodwill of the students. So, in my sense if AAP is planning to enter in student politics it needs to be different from the existing two parties. They need to do a concrete work first, establish themselves as an organization, which wants to do work and then fight the elections on the basis of it.
Dr. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Political Science Professor, Delhi University
I don't know that either AAP is planning to contest or not as nothing has been confirmed by the party till yet that they are interested in the participation. So, I am not sure about their participatory attempt in DU elections.
Do the DU students want to see AAP contesting union's elections in their campus?
Youths are supposed to be the major supporters of Aam Aadmi Party, when they entered into the politics. Surprisingly, the students of the Delhi University do not want to see AAP contesting students' union elections on their campus.
Neeraj Yadav, DU Student
According to me AAP shouldn't form any student wing to contest student union's elections in DU. Nobody want them to be a part of this. We are more happy and comfortable enough with two big parties i.e. ABVP and NSUI. These two parties were the one who fought for us when all students were protesting against FYUP. Why nobody from AAP had turned up to protest against the four year plan? ABVP and NSUI members did 'Dharna' whole night outside the Vice Chancellor's office in order to boycott this plan, but no support had been provided by AAP. Delhi University students are satisfied with these parties only. They did nothing, still not doing anything and they will never be.
Yashika Munjal, DU Student
Yes, they should contest. So, that they lose again and realise that they have lost people's faith. I am sure their chances are thin. But if they had tasted glory for a while now, they must face the bitterness too, because people just lost faith in AAP ( Aam Aadami Party).
Anuj Kumar, DU Student
I think, they should make a separate wing as ABVP and NSUI are more into fighting for petty issues rather concentrating on sensitive one. ABVP and NSUI's non-serious attitude toward major issues like bad condition of library etc, are making things worst. And I believe being a part of democratic nation, AAP should be given a chance to contest, but I would prefer to give my denial in case of Shiv Sena.
What does AAP leaders say?
Aam Aadmi Party's official position on this issue is that though they have a student's wing but they won't contest the DU elections this year. However, surprisingly some leaders expressed their total unawareness regarding party's students wing or party's plans to fight DUSU elections.
Deepak Bajpai, Spokesperson, AAP- We do have a Youth (student) wing which is not contesting Delhi University election this year but it might be in battlefield a year after this. But this year it is impossible for AAP's student wing to fight DU elections.
Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA, Delhi- No confirmation till yet has been made. According to me from AAP's end nothing has been done regarding creating party's students wing to contest Delhi University elections.
Girish Soni, AAP MLA, Delhi - I hadn't heard anything related to this and I don't think party is planning anything regarding this.