By Nidhi Bharti
While the Shiromani Akali Dal has announced its formal alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in Haryana, their youth wings in Panjab University, namely Indian National Student Organization (INSO) and Student Organisation of India (SOI), are also coming closer.
Three prominent SOI leaders, namely Robin Brar, Vicky Middukhera and Simranjeet Singh Dhillon, were among the main guests at a function to celebrate INSO’s 12th foundation day at PU on Tuesday. Brar congratulated INSO on the occasion and appreciated them for having the maximum representation of women.
On the PU campus student elections, scheduled for September, it is quite likely that the youth wings of both INLD and SAD might also join hands. Last year, SOI had made an alliance with SOPU, while INSO had joined hands with PUSU and ABVP. However, INSO’s senior leader Somveer Singh said, “Currently, the party has no plan of alliance with SOI, and moreover it is too early to say. It was a big day for us, and so we had extended invitation to all student organisations of university.” All parties, except NSUI, were invited.
Talking to Newsline, SOI leader, Robin Brar, who was all praise for INLD MP Dushyant Chautala, said, “We were invited, and so we went, mainly because of Dushyant Chautala, who is the youngest MP in the Lok Sabha and whom we respect.”The INLD had recently given party tickets to 11 of its young members to contest the Assembly polls. The party will keep a close watch on the performance of its student wing in the
Speaking on the occasion, Dushyant, who was the chief guest, emphasised the role of the youth. “India, being the youngest nation, has a high potential to develop. But the youth need to be united for that purpose and not just be used as a resource,’’ he said.
INSO was founded on August 5, 2003, by Ajay Singh Chautala at Kurukshetra University, and its leaders want to expand to five more states of India in the next five years.