Soon after the colleges declared their results, the campuses came alive with celebrations on Wednesday.
Victory processions were taken out not only around the campus but across the city. Though police did not let the students create much commotion in the college premises, they did not stop them on roads.
The students painted the roads with colourful stickers. The students waved party flags and balloons and pasted party stickers all over their clothes.
They cheered for their party leaders and made mockery of students’ organisations that were confident of winning the election but lost it.
While the road starting from St Kabir School, Sector 26, to the light point of Sector 7 and Sector 26, was occupied by the supporters of different political parties, the market area of Sector 10 behind the DAV College was also abuzz with lot of activities.
The police conducted surprise checks of vehicles with party stickers.
Earlier in the day, polling in the colleges was another few minutes away, when the party candidates and their supporters were busy distributing pamphlets and convincing voters to vote for their party outside the college campuses.
The polling was to start at 9.30am in the colleges, while the party candidates reached their respective colleges much earlier to meet the voters personally. A representative of HSA at DAV College, Sector 10, said, “We had reached the college around 8.15am. Most of our prospective voters had already reached by then. The students who had not reached on time, we called them and sent our vehicles to pick them from their places.”
Though the police security was tight enough on the polling day since morning, the party supporters managed to continue their campaign till the last minute.
Senior police officials, including the SHO’s and the DSPs, were present outside the colleges with their teams to maintain law and order. The supporters of SOI and SOPU were on duty outside the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, from 9am till 11.30am to distribute hand-written pamphlets to the voters.
Starting from the first light point of Sector 7 and Sector 26 till the gate of the college, the supporters were seen standing in groups guiding and convincing the voters.
A SOI supporter, Davinder, said, “We are not here to bribe the voters, but to guide them as to how to put their vote in the ballot boxes as sometimes the votes get cancelled.”