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PU Elections: 11 colleges in city, too, to witness contest

Ballot papers have been prepared, security has been beefed up and after the last-minute campaigning, the fate of candidates in 11 colleges will be decided on Wednesday.

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During an ABVP rally at Panjab University. (Source: Express Photo by Sumit Malhotra)

Ballot papers have been prepared, security has been beefed up and after the last-minute campaigning, the fate of candidates in 11 colleges will be decided on Wednesday. While election of presidents of student councils in two colleges has taken place unanimously, a contest will be witnessed at other places.

The total strength of DAV College, Sector 10, is 8,800 but Dean Students’ Welfare of the college Dr Amninder Mann said that the expected turnout on the election would be around 4,000 since a lot of hostellers had left for their homes and some of them would be leaving early in the morning. At DAV College, the five presidential candidates are Ankita Rajput from ABVP, Falit Sharma representing an alliance of the Hindustan Students’ Association (HSA) and Himachal Students’ Union (HIMSU), Gureet Sidhu from the alliance of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Lovejot Singh from the Indian Students’ Association (ISA), and Sachin Kumar from the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO).

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At SD College, Sector 32, there are three presidential candidates: Jaideep Singh (SDHU +SDCU), Manveer (SOI+GGSU) and Sachin (INSO). As many as 5,500 voters at SD College are expected on the election day. Voting will be held on the college campus itself between 9 am and 11 am. Similarly, at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 too, there are three presidential candidates: Jagtar Singh, Pawan Jot and Sukhwinder. As per the Dean Students’ Welfare Dawinder Singh, a total of 5,552 students are expected to come and vote.

Dean Students’ Welfare of Dev Samaj College Dr Poonam Gupta said, “Students already know that there will be no classes, which is why the hostellers prefer going back home instead of staying back just for voting. We are expecting 1,200 voters to turn up tomorrow. We tried our best to convince the hostellers to stay back for a day but we could not be fussy about those who had already got their reservations done.”

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Dev Samaj College is the only girls’ college where the number of presidential candidates is more if compared to MCM DAV College, Sector 36; Post-Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11; Post-Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42; and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26. At Dev Samaj, there are five presidential candidates: Karishma, Gurpreet Kaur, Poonam Adhikari, Shina Grover and Maninderjit Kaur.

Gurinder Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Sajjan Singh and Sombir are the presidential candidates at PGGC-41 while Rohit Sharma and Anurag Gulati are the presidential candidates at PGGC-46. Besides Dev Samaj, other girls’ colleges are expecting a voter turnout of over 3,000 students. At MCM DAV College and PGGCG-11, there is only one candidate each for the post of president: Mayaswari Negi from PGGGC-11 and Antpreet Kaur from MCM DAV.