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Ahead of PU polls,unions woo voters with trips to hills

Trips are being organised for first-year students to make them aware of the functioning of student organisations

Written by Srishti Choudhary | Chandigarh | Published: August 29, 2013 1:46:16 am

With Student Council elections in Panjab University (PU),just a week away,various student organisations in the university have begun organising trips to hill stations to woo students ahead of the polls on September 4.

Apart from the regular mode of campaigning by visiting various departments and hostels to talk to students and making groups on various social networking sites,organising short trips has been opted by the parties to woo voters. “These trips are usually organised for the first year students from various departments,since they are new to the university and do not know much about the student organisations. This is just another way to introduce them to the party members and the organisation,” said a student leader.

While the trend has been observed every year prior to the elections,with student groups organising short trips,movie outings and freshers party in discotheque,this year the issue has not come under light,with majority of the student organisations denying any such activities.

Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) is one of the student groups,which has openly invited students for a trip to Shimla on August 31 through posters put up in their hostels. Abhishaek Guleria,campus incharge,SOPU said,“We are organising trips to welcome the freshers in the university and we have also prepared special posters to invite maximum students.” The party has asked students to pool in Rs 400 for the trip.

However,other student organisations are also mulling over organising such trips. While,the trip of SOPU is scheduled for August 31,National Student Organisation of India (NSUI) has already organized one trip to Chail,Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. Another student organisation is also reportedly planning a trip to Kasauli,but denied after Newsline spoke to the party members about the trip.

Meanwhile,there is another fraction of student organisations who have completely rejected the idea,including Student Federation of India (SFI) and Indian National Student Organisation (INSO). One of the leaders,Prabhpreet,party president ,SFI said,“These are tactics played by parties to woo students by offering them such freebies. Student organisations should only work for the welfare of the students,and these trips do not fulfill any such objectives.”

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