Post DUSU results: AAP must recalibrate its strategy ahead of Assembly polls

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The Akhil Bhartiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of BJP sweep the Delhi University Students' Union elections by winning all the four posts after a gap of 18 years. The development clearly sends a positive message for the party ahead of Assembly polls in Delhi. It indicates that the youth of Delhi, which was said to be tilted towards Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is putting its weight behind the BJP.

The DUSU elections:

The ABVP won all the posts of the president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary by a comfortable margin, bettering last year's performance when it had lost one of the seats to the National Students Union of India (NSUI), student wing of Congress.
Mohit Nagar has been elected president of DUSU while Pravesh Malik won the elections for vice-president's post, Kanik Shekhawat and Ashutosh Mathur have been elected as secretary and joint secretary respectively.
Parvesh Malik, who polled 21,935 votes, defeated NSUI's candidate Mona Chodhary with the margin of 7,859 votes. Chodhary got 15,649 votes. Shekhawat polled 18,671 votes while Teema polled 15,649 votes. Ashtos Mathur defeated NSUI's Abhishek Choudhary by 11,068 votes.

Does the credit go to Modi wave?

Congratulating the young guards for their win, Delhi BJP president said that the victory is results of ‘Modi wave'. Post the Lok Sabha poll it was said that the Modi fever is losing its grip among the people but the spectacular victory of the ABVP candidates shows that the Modi mania is not going to die soon. The youth are very much inspired with PM Modi's vision and want to give him and his party a time.

Should AAP rethink its election strategy now?

Undoubtedly, the DUSU results are an eye opener for the Aam Aadmi Party which claimed to have a huge support among the youths. These young voters have played a significant role in the making of AAP and not to forget mentioning here the success of its anti-corruption agitation.

The results have shown that the youth, which the AAP considers as its prospective voters, seeing BJP as only alternative to the Congress.

One of the main reasons attributed to the rise of AAP in the political arena of Delhi is its success in tapping the power of the youth in Delhi. In last Assembly polls, the party connected them in better way as compared to its rival. The party did the internal surveys before the last polls where in it found that the youth alongwith the lower caste were two sections which showed huge support for the party. Through the street plays and various campaigning drives in universities, the party tried to attract the young voters.

Youths voted for AAP in large numbers in last Assembly polls.

Youths, significant voters in Delhi

The youths played a very important role in the elections. If they come out in large numbers, the balance of power could swing in any direction.

In the last Assembly polls, this group voted for change, throwing out the Congress Government and putting their support behind the AAP. A huge turnout by young voters swung the polling percentage to a new high in the last Assembly polls. But, post the AAP's 49-day-old Government, the young voters no longer support the Kejriwal party.

Now, they take AAP as a disruptive force and a group of people who only do anti-establishments talks. On the other hand, BJP promise of high growth, more jobs and stronger economic policies.

The progressive policies of PM Modi are becoming popular among youths and by choosing his representatives, they want to help in smooth functioning and accomplishing his dreams of making ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat."

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