ABVP to attract first-time voters to BJP

New Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on Wednesday said it had formulated a comprehensive startegy to use “nationalism” plank to attract young and first-time voters towards the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections.

As part of its strategy, the ABVP will hold awareness programmes in universities and colleges across the country on the issues of urban Maoist sympathisers, negative politics and national security, ABVP Joint Organising Secretary Srinivas told reporters here.

“Urban Maoism is a threat to the nation. NOTA is also a part of negative politics. We want to end this negativity and produce natural leaders,” he said while justifying the Tuesday raids and arrest of five rights activists.

“They are a threat to national security,” he alleged, adding that such activists are spread everywhere including on university and college campuses.

He said the the organisation will use social media platforms to awaken the young minds.

Srinivas said that National Register for Citizenship (NRC) will also be taken up during the interactions with the students.

“We are working to increase girls’ participation in politics. Around 10,000 girls will participate in such programme in Delhi in October,” he said.

Srinivas said that the ABVP will not hesitate to protest against the Modi government if it takes any decision against the interest of the students.

“We are holding countrywide rallies on Thursday to demand timely disbursal of scholarship funds in central universities and also for three-fold hike in pre- and post-matric scholarships for students,” he said.