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Singer Vishal Dadlani performing at rock concert organized by CYSS on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ @muntaziraapka)[/caption]
Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing CYSS which has been campaigning extensively with the slogan ‘let’s end money and muscle power’ organised a massive concert in Talkatora Stadium on Tuesday. The concert witnessed presence of singer and supporter Vishal Dadlani, TV celeb Raghu Ram, singer Jasleen Royale, and Astitva band.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also addressed the crowd in the presence of deputy CM Manish Sisodia and leader Dilip Pandey.
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing the rock concert organised by CYSS on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@Komal_Indian)[/caption]
However, the concert raised eye-brows of opposition party NSUI and they alleged violation of Lyngdoh Committee guidelines by the party. Earlier, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and NSUI president Roji M John also raised the issue with Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh saying the activities of CYSS were setting ‘wrong precedent’.
Clause 6.6.4 of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendation, which CYSS allegedly violated, prevents “inflow of funds from political parties into the student election process the candidates are specially barred from utilizing funds from any other sources than voluntary contributions from the student body.”
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The rock concert which now surrounds controversies regarding violation of code of conduct witnessed huge crowd. Free passes were distributed to students in bulk.
According a student of Delhi University, “4-5 free passes were given to each student who approached CYSS in their respective college. All we had to do is to give our name and phone number to them.”
“This is a smart technique to have a data base of students so that they can be reached out directly through messages and phone calls,” a member of CYSS explained on the condition of anonymity.
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DUSU elections, which has been ruled by ABVP and NSUI for years, is known for its hyped election wooing students through money, muscle power and rain dance parties.
This year CYSS started campaigning with their tried and tested strategy of ‘person to person’ promotion during admissions but soon it seemed to lose its ground.
The memorandum submitted by Maken to VC Singh raises issue not only over concert which ‘by conservative estimates not cost anything less than Rs 50 lakh’ but also over the usage of Kejriwal’s picture on posters and hoardings. Maken also alleged that crores of rupees have been pumped over 50 such hoardings on paid sites and bus shelters.
The DUSU poll is scheduled to take place on September 11. The scrutiny of the nomination papers and the list of duly nominated candidates for the election will be published on September 2 while the final list of contesting candidates will be published on September 4.
(With Agency Inputs)