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PU polls: Hunger strike seeking re-election enters second day

The eight student organisations of Panjab University continued their hunger strike outside the vice-chancellor’s office

The eight student organisations of Panjab University continued their hunger strike outside the vice-chancellor’s office,demanding the authorities re-examine the conduct of the winning parties in the elections on the basis of the Lyngdoh guidelines.

On the second day of the strike,students burnt effigies of the vice-president of Indian National Congress (INC) Rahul Gandhi,Pawan Bansal,an INC member and Deepinder Hooda,INC representative.

HSA party president,Shantanu Katti said,“All the parties are united at this stage and will continue the protest and remain adamant on the issue till our demands are finally met by the university and a re-election is announced.” The student organisations alleged the winning parties had violated the Lyngdoh guidelines.

Around 47 students from parties including the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU),Panjab University Student Union (PUSU),Indian National Student Organisation (INSO),Hindustan Student Association (HSA),Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP),Student Organisation of India (SOI),National Students’ Organisation (NSO) and Student Federation of India (SFI) gathered outside the V-C’s office,on Friday,wearing black badges and opposing the NSUI’s alleged unfair victory,while some boycotted classes.

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Meanwhile,the Panjab University authorities are examining,according to the Lyngdoh guidelines,all related inputs about violations of model code of conduct by individuals as well as groups supporting the candidates.

The authorities urged the students to call off their protest and have faith that an impartial judgment would be announced.

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