September 9, 2013 2:33:15 am
Faced with an unprecedented situation wherein 10 student organisations have come together to protest against the alleged rigging of the recently concluded Panjab University Students Council polls,the authorities have called a meeting on Monday to take a final call on the stand-off even as the indefinite hunger strike entered fourth day on Sunday.
The meeting is crucial since it is expected to decide the fate of the candidates elected to the students council.
This is for the first time that 10 student organisations have unitedly stood against the results announced by the university. Accusing the NSUI of large-scale rigging,they are demanding the setting aside of NSUI candidate Chandan Ranas election as president.
The medical condition of some of the protesters sitting on the hunger strike has been deteriorating. It is the fourth day and no action has been taken as yet. It seems the university is just waiting for the protest to die on its own,with many of the protesters getting hospitalised in the last few hours. But this will not shake us and we will continue the protest until our demands are met, said Arshnoor Dhillion,party president,SOPU.
However,Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal said,The committee was utilising this time to collect all the evidence which was required to address the complaints of the student organisations. We have also requested the Chandigarh Police to provide us with the video footage of the elections so that we will be able to arrive at a final decision.
Expressing concern about the deteriorating condition of the protesters,the DSW said,We have asked some of the hostel wardens to visit the ailing students in the hospitals. We hope to take a final decision at the meeting of the committee members,which is scheduled for 12.30 pm on Monday.
Around 47 members of various student organisations of the campus have been sitting on the hunger strike since Wednesday,demanding a re-examination of the conduct of the parties during the recently concluded elections on the basis of the guidelines given by former chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh. The parties have called for cancellation of the nomination of candidates found violating these guidelines.
The university had announced the results on Wednesday,subject to the report on the violations of the Lyngdoh guidelines,to be prepared by the university authorities. Chandan Rana from NSUI was declared president of the newly elected students council.
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