Thu. Sep 28th, 2023

Amid deployment of over 1, 200 policemen, polling for the four-member Panjab University Campus Students’ Council started peacefully on Wednesday with 21 candidates within the fray, officers stated, with the outcomes slated to be introduced within the night.

A complete of 15, 693 college students will solid their votes at 170 polling cubicles with a complete of 320 poll packing containers.

The counting of ballots will start after 12 midday.

This 12 months the key teams contesting the scholars council elections are Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), National Students Union of India (NSUI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Indian National Student Organisation (INSO).

Nine candidates are vying for the highest publish of president and 4 every for the posts of vice-president, secretary and joint secretary. Davinder Pal Singh (PUSA), Divyansh Thakur (Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti or CYSS), Jatinder Singh (NSUI), Kuldeep Singh (Haryana Students Association), Manika Chhabra (Panjab Students’ Union Lalkar), Prateek Kumar (Students for Society), Rakesh Deshwal (ABVP), Saksham Singh (Independent) and Yuvraj Garg (Students Organisation of India) are within the fray for the highest publish.

As many as 43, 705 college students will even be eligible to vote at 10 metropolis schools to elect their respective pupil councils. A complete of 110 candidates are contesting for the 4 posts. In the run-up to the polls, three alliances have emerged.

The CYSS has joined palms with the Himachal Students’ Union (HIMSU).

The INSO has solid alliance with the SOI and the Himachal Pradesh Students Union, whereas Panjab University Helping Hands (PUHH) has tied up with the ABVP. In the 2022 elections, ABVP-turncoat Aayush Khatkar of the CYSS had defeated Harish Gujjar of the ABVP by 660 votes.

NSUI had managed to seize two posts, with Harshdeep Singh Batth being elected as vice-president and Manish Boora joint secretary.

The publish of secretary had gone to Pravesh Bishnoi, the joint candidate of the ABVP-led alliance.

Ahead of the elections, the 533-acre campus was nothing lower than a battlefield with college authorities and Chandigarh Police underneath the strict regulation.

Two of three gates into the college have been sealed until the election course of is over. Entry to the campus, the primary one positioned in Sector 14, has been restricted.

Every car is checked as college officers defend the restrictions. Panjab University is among the oldest universities in India, being established in 1882 at Lahore.

The PU campus right here is unfold over 550 acres.

The college has round 60 educating and analysis departments and over 170 schools are affiliated to it.

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