Student Politics, the KG edition: When BabyVP Clashed with NS-U/A

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Student Politics, the KG edition: When BabyVP Clashed with NS-U/A

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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t Kiddie Kangaroo, a KG-to-elementary school, a classroom of five-year-olds exercised their right to vote on Wednesday. For younger members, who haven’t reached college yet, both ABVP and NSUI, student bodies affiliated to BJP and Congress respectively, have a junior corps known as BabyVP and NS-U/A. The candidates contesting the election at K2 came mostly from these two parties, but there were also a few independents, who earned the name not only for their unaffiliated political status but also their ability to go to the bathroom without adult supervision.

When candidates are only five years old, what the speeches at their rallies lack is coherent thought – not that different from a typical political rally. At that age however, children are dangerously susceptible to the influences of corruption. “I’ve had to inform the watchman to check the students’ lunch boxes, so that no extra sweets and chocolates can be brought in to distribute among the electorate,” said Ms Maria, the lower-KG class teacher who also doubles up as K2’s Election Commissioner.

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