In a blow to National Students’ Union of India, three members of the party joined its rival party Students Organisation of India on Thursday.
Satinder Singh Dadli, the former president of Panjab University Campus Students’ Council 2012; Kamal Preet, who was the party president of NSUI in 2013 and Manpreet Sekhon joined hands with the SOI. They said SOI had a much brighter future in the upcoming elections than NSUI. Last week, former NSUI member Amrinder Singh, who quit the party in April this year, was declared the party president for Pal Phalwaan Students Organisation (PPSO).
SOI’s national coordinator S Parambans Singh Romana, national general secretary Bhim Waraich and party president Vikramjit Singh were also present on the occasion.
Satinder Singh said his decision to join the SOI was long pending since his family has been closely associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the parent party of SOI. Singh was a member of Students Organisation of Punjab University (SOPU) in 2012, when he won the students’ council elections and was appointed the council president. In 2013, he joined the NSUI and has not been actively involved in politics. “SOI is a much more promising party than NSUI. In addition to this, over the last year, NSUI has had a lot of internal conflicts which also led me to join SOI.”
Manpreet Sekhon said, “SOI has a very efficient way of functioning and there is also good interaction between the party workers. This is the major reason for me joining the party.”
The members of SOI are confident of establishing a comfortable win in the upcoming PUCSC elections this year. SOI national coordinator Parambans Singh said, “Our pro-student policies are motivating more and more student leaders to join hands with us. Together we shall do our best to win the elections and then consequently work towards the welfare of the students.”