Countdown to students’ election has begun and the college campuses in the city are in the midst of poll fever. While some parties still forging alliances, the others are busy setting agendas and releasing manifestos.
The parties have a challenge at hand: to hold back hostellers who may skip the elections and leave for their respective homes in view of Raksha Bandhan, which is three days after the election. Leaders say that by Monday, it will be clear as to how many students will be staying back to take part in polls.
Though the election fever has gripped all the colleges, the most active ones are GGDSD College, Sector 32; Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26; DAV College, Sector 10; Post-Graduate Government College, Sector 11 and Sector 46.
The leaders are leaving no stone unturned to campaign. Door-to-door campaigning in the hostels and even in the classrooms, starting from 9 am till 10 at night, has become a daily routine. From solving petty problems of students to ensuring good quality of food in hostels and reduced fees, promises are coming thick and fast.
Despite restrictions, all the parties can be seen using printed posters and stickers on notebooks, cell phones, walls, poles and vehicles, which is a violation of the election code of conduct.
The party leaders along with their supporters have already started taking out rallies around the colleges, distributing their stickers, flying their party flags and releasing balloons painted in the party colour.
Although the party leaders deny offering any freebies to the voters, some students at the SGGS College, PGGC 11, SD College and DAV College say that some leaders have already approached the hostellers, promising them movie tickets if they vote for them.
Despite missing in action on the PU campus, the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) is active in colleges.
At the girls’ colleges — MCM DAV, PGGCG11 and 42, Dev Samaj College and SGGSC for Women — the candidates are managing with handwritten posters and paper chits with the candidate’s name written on them. However, campaigning is yet to pick up here.