After winning the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections this year, Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) student wing, Students’ Organisation of India (SOI), will contest in the Delhi University (DU) elections for the first time.
Student elections in DU are scheduled to take place on September 11, and three candidates from SOI are contesting for the polls. Gagandeep Singh is contesting from Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Hardeep Singh from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, and Nitesh Rohilla from Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College.
According to Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, the coordinator for SOI, the decision to contest in the DU elections was taken after the student wing swept the PU polls. “After establishing a win in the PU elections, we have been trying to expand SOI’s base in Punjab, and the country. After the PU elections, there was hardly any time for planning. Therefore, this year, SOI will contesting from only three colleges in DU, and, hopefully, we will establish a foothold there, too.”
In PUCSC 2015, the SOI-led alliance won all the four posts of office-bearers, and also had a major representation in the Executive Committee. Post the elections, the party has also been planning for a membership drive across colleges in Punjab. The drive is likely to begin by the first week of October.
As members of SOI are already in Delhi to help with the campaigning, many leaders from Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO), the student wing of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), are also reportedly helping with the election campaigning in Delhi.
NSUI had swept last year’s PU elections after winning three out of the four major posts. However, this year, the party finished last at PU. NSUI, however, has had a strong base in the DU elections.
On the other hand, Swati Tiwana, INSO’s joint secretary candidate, won the elections at PU this year, and the party is now planning to establish a stronger foothold in the country by working for the DU elections.