As the Panjab University (PU) students council elections are around the corner various students outfits in city colleges have geared up. In some colleges, parties have announced their elections and some are yet to decide. But all the parties claim for campaigning one to one speech is the best way in convincing the student as it becomes more effective and more personal.
SOI state president, Vickey Middukhera, who is confident of their position in university and other colleges said, “We have been campaigning at a rampant rate. And moreover, students gave us a chance last year and we have proved ourselves. Students themselves have been approaching us and we are even confident for this election. Other parties in the colleges are not a competition but HSA (Hindustan Students’ Association) in DAV College is a clear competition but we are positive and working towards it.”
On the other hand, Dhruv from HAS said, “We have our strongest position in DAV College even though campaigning is not allowed these days by the principal. They will give us 10 days before the election that is most probably on August 23. We do have our representatives in other colleges and Panjab University also but our position is strongest in DAV College.”
Some of the parties are clear of the results already and are hopeful for results in their favour. Moreover, Gopal Markan, presidential candidate from KCSU, Khalsa College said, “It is a clear win for us as we only have PUSU against us and they don’t hold a chance. We have been interacting with students on one to one and collectively also and we know our position and everybody knows who takes the win.”
Other political parties like ABVP, NSUI and PUSU are also in the run for elections in the colleges and feel that one to one campaign is best to solve their purpose of acknowledging the students about them.
Harmanjot Gill, Joint Secretary, Panjab Pradesh ABVP, said, “We are positive as we have been campaigning and working for the student welfare only. Students trust us. One to one and class campaigns are best. In fact, social media has also been helpful.”
Gurjot Singh, NSUI state president says, “Class to class campaigns in colleges is being done and we have our most of the representatives in all the colleges. There is competition in all the colleges for us and we are trying our best to convince the students. The party has not been in its strongest position lately but we are campaigning and are hopeful.”
It was a clear display of internal rift, which was supposed to end by announcing the election panel by the high command of NSUI but ended up completely opposite on Tuesday when one of the group walked out of the press conference over the issue of unfair representation given to them.
According to Rohit Rana, who has been declared the party president said, “It was decided that 50 per cent distribution of seats in the election panel would be announced but introducing meaningless posts and giving unfair representation to our group they have proved that they do not want unity.” On the other hand, other party members present there were denying the fact that they walked off, Manoj Lubana senior leader NSUI said, “they had other assignments. So, they left.”
However, Hardeep Singh alias Lalli, who has been leading the group said, “The high command knows that who has been doing the ground work. This rift would have ended with equal representation to us. But still, we are hopeful that our authorities will listen to our genuine demand and would fulfill it. We are waiting till Friday to hear from their side or else we know that we have our supporters and we will give final announcement for the elections from our side on Tuesday that is August 23.”
While this open walk out of one group of NSUI has set it positive for other parties in the runoff elections and few of them say they are unaffected. ABVP Joint Secretary Punjab Pradesh Harmanjot Gill said, “I would say even though it is their internal matter but somehow it has been helping other parties to make their position stronger among the students as there is time left in elections.”
However, SOI state president Vickey Middukhera shows complete confidence saying, “We are completely unaffected by any other party, be it anybody’s internal rift or it the proposed election date. We know the response of students as they have been approaching us themselves and they have seen our work throughout the year. For us, it is a clear win for us this time also.”
And PUSU president Nirjog Mann said, “It is clear to everybody now that they are for their own purposes and not for the students’ welfare. According to me, if the sole purpose is student welfare then there should not be any of these issues and unity is must.”
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