In the run-up to the Panjab University elections, the student organisations are considering probable alliance partners.
With the elections likely to be held on September 7, the student organisations are now having close-door meetings with each other to reach a consensus to form a winning combination.
The Student Organisation of India (SOI) swept the elections with a record margin last year in alliance HIMSU, NSO, INSO and had unconditional support from GGSU, PPSO and YUWA. This year, the party is still deliberating on the alliance and assessing the ground situation.
SOI president Vicky Middhukhera said: “It’s too early to comment. Moreover, we have a large vote base. So chances are we can contest independently. But, if there’s any party with the same ideology, then we will surely consider.”
It is likely that this year as well SOI will join hands with Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) along with any party from HIMSU and HPSU, which has in the recent past has become a major game-changer keeping in mind the sizeable population of students from Himachal on the campus.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was a part of the students’ council in 2013 in alliance with PUSU and INSO. This year, they are likely to join hands again.
ABVP wants to field its candidate for the post of president. “We are going to contest the elections independently and for the post of president. We are keeping options open and will form an alliance with any organisation that matches our ideology,” said campus in-charge Kanwar Rana.
The two factions of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), which have been at loggerheads with one another, have finally separated and formed another front NSUI (Student Front) led by Jeewanjot Jugnu.
NSUI student front has been formed with the merger of National Student Organisation (NSO) that won the elections last year. “The rival parties were taking us lightly and had wrong assumptions about us. But after our announcement, the parties now know that we are also front runners in winning the elections,” said Jugnu.
While NSUI is seeking alliance with PUHH and PUSU and is prepared to relinquish the seat of president for the alliance, said a party insider.
The Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), which has been waiting long for a berth in the council, has gained momentum in this years election campaign. “We are not aligning with any political organisation and will contest independently,” said Nirjog Mann, PUSU president.
Organisations like HIMSU and HPSU will be among the deciding factors as each and every party is routing to form an alliance with them.
Outfits like SOPU are almost certain that they are going with SOI, while other like PPSO,PUHH are most likely to go with the organisation certain to win.