Aam Aadmi Party launches youth, students wing

Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday launched its youth and students' wings, on the occasion of 107th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

PTI| Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 01:19 AM IST

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday launched its youth and students' wings, on the occasion of 107th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

AAP Youth Wing (AYW) and Chhaatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) will help the party develop its strength from the grass roots by penetrating into different stratas of the society, under its programme Mission Vistaar undertaken after its severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha.

The wings will also help channelise youth volunteers, many of who are students and who form its core support base. They will also help mobilise resources during elections.

Speaking at the launch, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said the wings are an opportunity for the youth to work for the country.

"There is a saying that everybody wants Bhagat Singh to take birth, but only in the neighbour's house not in his own. The aim of the wing is to change this.

"When I passed out of IIT, I was thinking how could I help the country. Today, I give an opportunity to the youth to work for the country. Through this, AAP has also given you a platform for political discussions," he said.

Kejriwal also said that the party aims to contest elections in Jawaharlal Nehru, Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia universities next year.

The former Delhi Chief Minister also exhorted the existing and would-be AYW members to make five promises to the country including a pledge to protect any woman in danger and reject dowry for wedding.

"Fighting against drug menace, casteism and religion-based politics should be the goal of the party," Kejriwal said.

Less than a month ago, AAP had launched its women's wing AAP Ki Mahila Shakti.

AAP also announced that its Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh would head the Delhi unit of the youth wing while the CYSS will be headed by Sarita Singh.

Asked about the plans of the AWY, Delhi unit chief, Jarnail Singh said, "We will complete our booth-level committee team for every polling station level within a month. We are targeting people up to 35 years of age."