AFTER A gap of two years, the BJP group has joined hands with the Ashok Goyal group for contesting the upcoming elections to the Panjab University Syndicate. Sources in the group have attributed the move to sidelining of the BJP members by the university group, which was formerly led by the late G K Chatrath.
For the last two years, the BJP group had been extending its support to the group led by Chatrath, which has the support of the DAV group and Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA). Over the recent course of meetings held with the Ashok Goyal group, the BJP group has also expressed its disbelief in the PU administration’s lack of support to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the party’s student wing.
The Chatrath group, which has the support of the DAV group and PUTA only, is now chalking out ways to retain its foothold in the university. In the last elections, the group had managed to win 11 out of the 15 seats in the Syndicate. In the absence of Chatrath, members of the group have also disagreement on the candidate who will contest from Chatrath’s seat in the Syndicate. While Chatrath’s daughter Anu Chatrath may contest from her father’s seat, no final decision has been taken yet. Members of the group say that there will be far more clarity on the number of seats the group is contesting and the names of the contesting candidates after its meeting on December 3.
On the other hand, the Ashok Goyal group, which had the minority representation in the last year’s Syndicate polls, is likely to be a strong contender in the upcoming polls.
According to members of the group, permutations and combinations for finalising a list of candidates are going on for now, and no names have officially been declared. It is likely that a finalised list of candidates will be available two days prior to the elections only.
Elections to the next term of the PU Syndicate are scheduled for December 6. Nominations for candidates will be made on the floor of the House and a total of 15 new members will be elected. Two members each will be elected from the faculties of law, languages and medical sciences, and three members each will be elected from the faculties of arts and science. Additionally, three members will be elected from the other combined faculties of the university.