Pamphlets, posters and demonstrations are passé. With exactly a month left for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections, the campaigning by various student parties is gaining momentum, not just on campuses but also on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The elections are scheduled to be held on September 13.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), for instance, recently opened a Facebook page which is devoted to campaigning for the DUSU 2013 elections.
“Within a span of 10 days, over 1,000 people have liked the ABVP-DUSU page on Facebook. We are also looking at Twitter for giving people constant updates about the elections,” Rohit Chahal, ABVP secretary, said.
The party has also formed a team of ten students to spearhead the election campaigning.
“This team is looking at various ways in which we can mobilise support ahead of the elections. Social networking sites are where the youth spend a lot of their time these days,” Chahal said.
Its rival students’ organisation — National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) — has also jumped on to the social network bandwagon in order to woo voters.
“We already have a Facebook page — at the state level and the national level — through which we inform our students about various issues. We have also been sending them regular updates on Twitter. These relate to information on not just various activities of the NSUI but even about seats vacant in various DU colleges,” NSUI spokesperson Amrishranjan Pandey said.
Even as the leading student political parties continue to garner support, other students’ organisations too are doing their bit to garner support.
Stressing the importance of social media, Sunand, member of Students Federation of India (SFI), said, “Platforms like these have always helped in highlighting issues. When we decided to oppose the four-year undergraduate programme, we had created Facebook groups to discuss the issue. As DUSU polls nears, the online campaign would gain momentum.” For now, SFI is relying on demonstrations on campus. All left-leaning organisations had held a joint demonstration highlighting the problems of the four-year undergraduate programme last week.