Youngsters in the national capital are not just supporting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in large numbers but are also taking break from their work or studies to volunteer for the newly formed party that is vowing to change the way politics is run in India.
The youngsters make it a point to voice that they are doing it for a “cause” and for “safe future of many like themselves” because if the political revolution - that AAP is trying to bring – fails than people will again have to bow down to the corrupt system. They have also promised the party to return to their work and studies as soon as elections are over.
One such volunteer, Princy Goel, is working with AAP’s youth group and is also handling public helpline for one of the AAP’s candidates. Goel, who has done engineering in IT, has been with AAP since its formation last year and puts around 13 hours every day for the party.
She overcame initial resistance from her family to work for AAP and is now doing law to help AAP in future as well. “I am pursuing law so that I can contribute to the legal work of the party in the future. I will re-join my studies as soon as the elections are over,” Princy Goel told dna.
She would be missing the first paper of the first semester law examinations that are starting on December 5 – a day after assembly elections takes place in Delhi but would be appearing in the remaining papers of the first semester.
Since its formation in 2012, AAP has been stressing on involvement of youth in Delhi and has also been putting a special focus on first time voters – whose numbers are large. Responding to them, youth has been its backbone and has been selflessly working in AAP driving many of the party activities.
In Delhi there are around 1.15 crore voters. Of this, around 3.5 lakh (18-19 years), are first time voters which are around four per cent of Delhi’s total voting population. The number of people between 18-30 age-group is also a huge chunk of voters.
20-year-old budding cricketer Abhishek Gupta – who like many others dreams of playing for Indian cricket team one day - also took a brief break from his career to work with AAP. “It is important for youngsters to realise the change that AAP is trying to bring in India. So, I decided that cricket can wait for few months, and I should be with AAP to contribute whichever way I could,” Gupta told dna.
He has played for Indian Railways under-19 team for three years but now has been working with AAP’s logistics team. Similar to Abhishek and Princy’s story is that of Rohit Pandey who also has taken a break from his engineering and has been devoting time to AAP. He left civil engineering mid-way to work with AAP but would rejoin after elections. “When people like Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia can leave their well settled and high paying jobs for the nation then why can’t me? I have just taken a small break from my studies and will go back to them as this is the promise that I gave to party as well as my parents before starting with AAP,” Pandey told dna.
22-year-old Susheel has also put his wish of doing MA in Economic on hold as he feels that can wait. In Susheel’s own words, he couldn’t stay quiet even when he knows that if the current political system driven by the corrupt political parties continues then future of students like him is in grave danger. He said that the prime reason for his joining AAP was to secure future of youth.
Like these youngsters, there are many more in AAP, who are quietly, without any limelight, and voluntarily working for the party day and night - in some cases for more than 12 hours. Their only dream is to cure the rotten system so that not just them but millions like them too can dream of a great future. “We have promised them that we all together will work hard to turn true the dreams of the youth. Upcoming elections will be a landmark event in India’s history due to such high involvement of youth. It also feels awakening of youth can change India’s future positively,” said a senior AAP leader.