Panjab University elections: Student outfits adopt innovative campaign methods to woo voters

While the SOI and its alliance partners have developed a series of cartoons to show PUSU and NSUI in a bad light, PUSU and alliance are in the process of creating an app that would enable students to send an alarm in case they face any difficulty such as eve-teasing or ragging

Written by Shub Karman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Updated: September 5, 2016 1:04 pm
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Student organisations are adopting innovative campaign methods to create an impression and attract voters for the Panjab University elections to be held on September 7.

Piyush Anand Bawa, who is contesting the elections for the office of president as a candidate of SOI-ABVP-INSO alliance, said: “I like the fact that various student organisations this year have become very innovative as far as their campaign style is concerned.”

The SOI and its alliance partners have developed a series of cartoons to show PUSU and NSUI in a bad light. The theme of the cartoon series – Don’t trust PUSU and its allies as it has never lived up to the expectations of students and always mislead on various issues concerning the university.

Lies, lies, lies is one cartoon series that has become a part of the campaign of the SOI alliance.

On the other hand, PUSU and alliance are in the process of creating an app that would enable students to send an alarm in case they face any difficulty such as eve-teasing, ragging or any sort of threat from criminals on the campus.

They are also reaching out to each and every student on the campus. Jeewan Jyot Chahal of PUSU said: “We have planned our campaign in such a manner that we would reach to every student at individual level to inform them about our agenda on the campus.”

The Students for Society has adopted a different style altogether. The members have announced the party’s agenda by holding solo-act plays such as “mela votan da” (Festival of votes).

Through their plays, they convey the message about what they describe as the “the dirty underbelly of the Panjab University politics”. They highlight the malpractices inside the election system.

Raman, an SFS senior leader, said: “We have constituted teams to show plays to the students in every nook and corner of the campus.”

Since the SFS believes in the ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, its teams always carry posters of the martyr when they perform on stage.

The student outfits are also using traditional modes such as distribution of handbills, armbands and posters.

The girls usually paint the names of their outfits, especially on their faces. Some even wear their party stickers on shirts.

Abishek Sharma, a student of legal studies department, said: “Every outfit wants to look different and therefore their supporters use innovative methods to attract the attention of every student on the campus.”

DSW announces rally schedule for parties

  • Students for Society — 10am to 11am
  • National Students’ Union of India — 11.30am to 1pm
  • PUSU and NSUI (Student Front) — 1pm to 2.30pm
  • SOI — 2.30pm to 4pm