Campaigning picks up pace, students want presidential debate

With just a couple more days left for the Delhi University Students' Union polls, canvassing by various students' organisations is gathering momentum.

Most students' organisations have divided themselves into groups of four to cover as many colleges as possible. While some parties organised street plays to create awareness about students' issues, others roamed the campus, shouting names of their candidates and handing out pamphlets.

While such campaigning has caused some excitement among sections of the student community, most students did not seem too pleased.

Third-year students at Ramjas College felt that elections were a farce. Dhruv Munjan, who is pursuing BCom (H) from the college, said: "The candidates do not have a clear agenda, but they are backed by powerful lobbies. We found the elections amusing in the first year, but soon realised it was a farce."

Voicing similar sentiments, Aayush Taiyal, another student of Ramjas, said: "There is so much wasteful expenditure during elections with the printing of cards, pamphlets and posters."

Shivali Verma, a first-year student of English (H) at Hansraj College, said: "The DUSU candidates came to our classes just once or twice and some have not even bothered to state what they would be working for."

Meanwhile, All India Students' Association released their manifesto on Tuesday, asking students to "vote for a radical change".

Condemning the "money-muscle-caste based politics" of other parties, AISA's presidential candidate Nikita Sinha said: "Our aim is that the DUSU elections should be fought on students' issues. Most parties make several promises before the elections, but, once they come to power, these are rarely fulfilled."

One of the demands of AISA , which was also featured on the ABVP manifesto, was that there should be a presidential debate. This demand was echoed by students too. "There is a lot of difference in the manner in which elections are conducted in DU and JNU. Having a presidential debate in DU like the one in JNU will help students become informed voters," Dhruv said.

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