Chandigarh: As Monday was the last day for campaigning for the students’ council elections at Panjab University, supporters of all student organisations campaigned extensively by conducting rallies.
Rallies were conducted by all the major parties on the PU campus; also the supporters were appealing voters in person. Waving party flags, wearing colourful stickers, scarves and supporting their parties, around 800 to 1,200 supporters went around the university campus. Students were also seen campaigning in the university hostels.
Members of Students For Society (SFS) were the first to conduct the rally. They have been campaigning on the campus with street plays and one to one convincing. “We have been campaigning against sexual harassment, and are now rooting for a four-wheeler-free campus,” said Amandeep Kaur, who was the presidential candidate from SFS in 2014.
SFS’s presidential candidate, Amritpal Singh, telling about his agendas for the upcoming session said, “We have always been demanding the democratisation of PUCASH, rest privatisation of education should stop and self-financed courses need to be made regular and seats need to increase. Hostel allocation needs to be made easy and more hostel seats should be made available.”
All the student bodies are aware that UIET has the largest vote bank during the elections with over 2,500 votes. After that, NSUI came out for the rally with their alliance partners HIMSU, SOPU and PUHH.
Candidates along with their supporters to show their strength for the students’ union election here distributed pamphlets and tried to convince students to vote for them in the elections. Their presidential candidate Siya Minocha led the rally.
Siya Minocha, NSUI said, “All other parties keep talking about women empowerment but they don’t even have women representation in their panels. They talk about women security on campus, but outsiders called by them are eve-teasing on campus. Our party will be working for real women empowerment on campus, we will be organising activities specially attributed to girls for their overall development.”
Next in the race were, PUSU with their alliances, PUSU, SF(NSUI), NSO, HPSU and JACP have come together with the motive of removing parties that are backed by national political parties on campus. They managed to get a huge rush on UIET campus while delivering their speeches.
The presidential candidate from their alliance, Nishant Kaushal, laying emphasis on infrastructural and hostels, says, “There are poor infrastructural conditions of the university and we will be working our best to get it done. There are cracks in most of the building and administration does nothing to get them repaired. And the conditions of hostels will be made better. We will provide students all the basic necessities and food quality will be checked properly.”
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