The NSUI Student Front and Panjab University Students’ Union on Thursday extended support to Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh for the upcoming Assembly elections, with a rider.
Led by suspended youth Congress leader Barinder Dhillon, members of the breakaway faction of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and PUSU met Amarinder at the Congress Bhawan in Sector 15.
The members from both the organisations extended their support, but on a condition. They requested Amarinder that if he comes to power, he will bail out the Panjab University from the fiscal crisis by increasing the grant.
The university is in deep fiscal crisis and the vice-chancellor has already made it clear that if it persists, it could lead to the closure of the university by January next year.
“We don’t want any kind of personal gain. We have only one demand. When you come to power, you will increase the grant to the Panjab University and bail it out from the current fiscal crisis,” Jeewanjyot Chahal Jugnu told Amarinder.
Amarinder assured that he will help the university by funding them properly and as per their requirement.
He also said the results of the university elections show the demise of Akali Dal in the minds of the youth as they have rejected their dirty politics of bribing people with money for casting vote.
NSUI-SF was formed following the differences between Barinder Dhillon and Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the president of Indian Youth Congress, and Congress MLA from Giderbaha.
The NSUI-SF was backed by Dhillon in the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections and Warring and Amrita Dhawan have been supporting NSUI. The breakaway group, along with PUSU, won the elections held recently.
PUSU to approach Bains
The PUSU leaders said they will approach Awaaz-e-Punjab party leaders Simarjit Singh Bains as well regarding the PU fiscal crisis. “Except the Akali Dal, we will go to every door and will seek help regarding the Panjab University fiscal crisis. We will go to Bains brothers as well and will seek their help for PU fiscal crisis,” said Naval, former PUSU president.
NSUI rejects claims of alliance
The National Students’ Union of India rejected the claims that PUSU and NSUI-Student Front have joined them. NSUI alleged that even though PUSF made the efforts, those were rejected by the party national leadership.
NSUI clarified that the newly formed student council has only extended support to Amarinder Singh’s campaign for Punjab elections. “We would like to convey that we don’t have any kind of association with them. Today’s event clearly shows the dual face and sheer opportunism of PUSU and NSUI-SF. Their claims of being apolitical were only for electoral benefits and now they have been exposed,” said Siya Minocha, president, NSUI. She further said they will protest against those who will try and accommodate dishonest people of PUSU and NSUI-SF through any backdoor entry.
However, refuting their claims, Jeewanjyot Jugnu said: “We have no interest to join NSUI. We are only associated with the Student Front of Panjab University. We had gone to Amarinder keeping in mind the forthcoming Punjab elections, so that if he comes to power, he would increase the grant and bail PU out of the crisis. All these are petty allegations and dirty politics, which the NSUI leadership is expert in playing.”