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Navleen Kaur Lakhi, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 04, 2013
Despite no female president in the history of Panjab University campus student council elections, woman hold a key part in voting, with two-third of the university strength being girl's. From day and night campaigning at girls' hostels, to reaching the girls who otherwise shy away from talking to male campaigners, various female campaigners have become an important medium for girls to comfortably share their problems, making them the game changers in the victory of any candidate.

These women believe that behind every successful man, there is a woman.

NSUI Punjab's elected President Daaman Bajwa who is often seen on campus says, "The real votes come from door-to-door hostel campaigning and class-to-class department campaigning by girls. Boys can't campaign at girls' hostels, therefore it is us girls who bring maximum votes from the hostels."

Another NSUI supporter and student of anthropology Gagandeep Gill pitch's in. She says, "I have been actively campaigning from the last one and a half month. For the purpose of campaigning, anthropology department and hostel number six and seven are under me. The strength of my department is 250 and I am sure of bringing at least 50% votes. The two hostels have around 180 rooms, where either my team or I have campaigned. So I'm pretty confident of bringing 90% votes on my side with around 550 votes."

Rita Ghial from INSO says woman do most of the work but rarely come forward. She says, "Girls are usually silent supporters. They work to a large extent, but still don't come forward for various reasons. In fact, it's through them that the real votes come."

Bringing to notice the reasons behind them preferring to remain silent supporters, Sarabjeet Kaur, MPhill Punjabi student and PUSU supporter, says, "The main reasons for girls not openly coming forward is the lack of support from their family and denial from their boyfriends. It is quite surprising but a harsh reality that a lot of guys dominate their girlfriends and mostly their decisions are decided on the basis of what they say."

Manjeet Kaur, a student of Gandhian department questions, "Haven't you come across boys leaving parties to join their rivals? How often do you come across girls who change their parties? They are more loyal as compared to boys and make the party win at any cost."

Apart from the girls' hostel campaigning, woman campaigners also play a major role in convincing the non-interested girls to vote for their party. Active SOPU supporter Parneet Kaur says "Out of the 75% strength of girls at the university, a lot of them are least interested in politics. So we have to convince them by regularly meeting them. A lot of girls don't like talking to boys. That's where our effort counts."

SOI supporter Amneet Kaur believes in openly canvassing on her jeep. She says she along with her counterparts, play a crucial role in picking and dropping other girls who are often uncomfortable with boys."