With the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections just five days away, the student organisations can be seen seeking the help of their parent political parties to establish their foothold.
Last week, national president of Indian National Congress’s student wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Roji M John, and all-India Youth Congress president, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, visited the university.
In addition to this, members of Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) called for their national president, Digvijaya Singh Chautala. Chairman of Punjab’s Youth Development Board, Parambans Bunty Romana, has also been actively involved in the the happenings of Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) student wing, Students’ Organisation of India (SOI).
While some leaders believe that it is important for the parent parties to help their respective student wings, others disagree. Parambans Bunty Romana said, “SOI is a part of Shiromani Akali Dal, and we are bound to extend our support to them. Further, with 55 per cent of the politicians in our country being below the age of 35, elections like these help in grooming them for careers in politics.”
He added that students of universities across India extended support to those organisations that had their parent political parties.
“Students understand that their grievances can be addressed only by political parties. As we are in power in Punjab and the Centre, we can actually help the students in the best way possible,” he said.
However, according to Digvijaya Singh Chautala, INSO is an independent organisation that is merely based on the ideologies of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
“There is no involvement of leaders from INLD in the student elections at PU. The university has been our base camp, and with a very strong girl representation from our side, we have won more than seven elections here,” he added.