AISA-CYSS Alliance Releases Manifesto for DUSU Elections

Affordable accommodation, student clinics, CCTV cameras and transportation for students are some of the promises made by the alliance of Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing CYSS and the Left-affiliated AlSA in its manifesto for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections this year.

Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing CYSS and Left-wing student outfit All India Students Association (AISA) are jointly contesting the DUSU polls scheduled on September 12.

The manifesto came a day after Kawaljeet Kaur, the president of AISA’s DU unit, alleged that members of rival Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacked her on the campus of a DU college. The ABVP has dismissed her claims as “pre-poll propaganda”.

The manifesto also promised that the alliance would work towards setting up ‘Chhatra Clinics’ on the lines of the AAP-led Delhi government’s mohalla clinics.

Senior AAP leader Atishi said the AISA and CYSS alliance opposes the privatization and commercialization of higher education.

“We also oppose the reduction in public funding to institutes. The Delhi government has been working towards installation of CCTV cameras in the national capital and we will get the cameras installed inside the campus too,” she said at a press conference here.

Other claims mentioned in the manifesto include facilitating driving license facility in colleges under ‘Door Service’, struggle for the rights of SC/ST/OBC students, holding DU entrance examinations in English and Hindi, and ending discrimination against northeastern students.