Going by the number of votes polled in the Panjab University departments, which were considered major vote banks, the NSUI had almost lost the game before the votes polled in comparatively smaller departments like Bio-medical Sciences department, Mathematics and those housed in Arts Block III changed the game.
Interestingly, the winning alliance led by NSUI could garner just 26.6% of the total votes polled, and could capture three seats due to division of votes. Of all the 26 centres at the University, where the counting was done, the highest number of votes were polled at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) at 1428, followed by University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) with 733 votes polled; University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) block with 594 votes and Arts Block III with 540 votes polled. Of 14,323 students, only 8,453 voted.
It was a closely contested poll between the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Students Organization of India (SOI) in UIET, Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, UIAMS, UILS, Botany department and Law department. Before the Arts Block results came in, the SOI was almost on the verge of winning all the four main positions of Students Council. However, NSUI won the elections by a margin of 58 votes from SOI.
UIET, from where both SOI and NSUI had fielded its presidential candidates, Rachit Duggal and Divyanshu Budhiraja respectively, had 2,545 votes. Taking a lead, Rachit Duggal secured 533 votes, while Budhiraja, the elected president of PU Students Council now, could only secure 469 votes.
After UIET, it was UILS which was another vote bank with 1,015 votes. Of the 733 votes polled at UILS, Anil Sharma, presidential candidate from PUSU alliance bagged the most number of votes with 250, leaving behind NSUI and SOI with 163 and 157 votes respectively. UIAMS and BDS department had nearly 340 and 500 votes respectively making the south campus a hub of over 3,000 strong vote bank which was almost 23 percent of total votes of PU’s students’ strength. In UIAMS, PUSU alliance was leading with 113 votes, while again leaving behind the winning party NSUI with only 61 votes of the total 264 votes polled in the department. SOI secured 74 votes from UIAMS.
Also, at the BDS department, NSUI lost the game by a margin of 27 votes. As its presidential candidate secured 129 votes, SOI’s candidate secured 156 votes here. After NSUI and SOI, the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) was the third major player this time as it also managed to secure adequate votes in the departments like Zoology, Bio-Medical Sciences, UICET, Arts Block I, II and IV, Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Studies, BAMS block, UIAMS and department of Chemistry. With 250 votes, PUSU alliance secured the highest votes from the UILS.
While, the only girl candidate for the post of president of PUSC, Amandeep kaur from SFS secured a total of 1,334 votes. With 215 votes, she secured the highest number of votes from UICET block leaving behind NSUI with 83 votes, PUSU with 73 votes and SOI with 186.