PU student elections: Panjab University political battle of wits, online and offline

However, the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) is sticking to its old slogan: “kyun pade ho chakkar mein, koi nahi nahi hai takkar mein.”

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: August 11, 2015 1:51:39 am
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WITH THE election to the Students’ Council around the corner, the Panjab University campus has become a battleground of wits to woo students. Be it writing new party slogans or updating digital posters, parties are doing their creative best.

Sample this slogan, for instance, on the Facebook page of the Panjab University Students’ Organisation (PUSU): “Takht badal do.. taaj badal do Be-imaan’o ka raaj badal do!”

“By this slogan, we mean this is the time to change the environment of the campus. We need to send back dishonest people and bring those as office-bearers who would work for the welfare of students,” said a spokesperson of PUSU.

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While a digital poster updated by PUSU reads “it’s never too late to stand up for a cause, join PUSU, break free”, another slogan on its Facebook page reads “PUSU ehda naam atey rang ehda laal, 1977 to aayi hai, eh kardi kamaal”.

However, the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) is sticking to its old slogan: “kyun pade ho chakkar mein, koi nahi nahi hai takkar mein.”

The NSUI, says its senior leader Manoj Lubana, is “still working on our new slogans”. “It is that time of the year when all of us have an opportunity to bring a change to the present conditions and administration of PU. We are inviting everyone to be a part of the change for the betterment of the varsity,” he adds.
Not only Facebook, PUSU, NSUI and SOI have taken to Twitter as well these days, though with only 10, 18 and two followers respectively.

There is a personal touch as well, with members of the student bodies visiting hostellers during the evening and helping out freshers by sending them messages about the admission details. Though no helpdesks have been put up by the student organisations on the campus this time, they are helping the freshers through WhatsApp and social media.

The student outfits are also offering help to all those struggling to get a room in PU hostels. “New admissions are still not done but we have started visiting hostels and meeting students to take their feedback on the work done by the previous Students’ Council. Secondly, we are helping the freshers who have applied for admissions by informing them their due dates of deposition of fees or the dates about the display of merit list,” says a member of SOI.

He adds, “We may organise freshers’ party as well but with official permission. We do not want anybody to point a finger at us, saying that we are trying to woo voters through dishonest means.”

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