Coming together is the beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success. If you are still searching for the reason behind the victory of a national party, which emerged as a winner by creating history at Panjab University elections 2013, refer to the line mentioned above.
Where there is unity, there is always victory. Had the winning party, NSUI, not adopted this success mantra, shaking the existence of two-student wings — SOPU and PUSU — would have been impossible. Though their victory has raised many questions, and a lot is being said about Panjab University being hijacked by national parties, HT City decided to ignore the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ and got candid with the winners to know the reason behind their victory, which they insist is unity.
In a tête-à-tête with the winners of Panjab University Student Council Elections 2013, we find out what it takes to clinch such a victory. HT Photo
It’s all for one and one for all. Interestingly, till just a year ago, the whole team was a part of SOPU (Students Organisation of Panjab University). The mastermind behind the triumph, Brinder Dhillon says, "It was the same team that made SOPU win for the past so many years. When the decision of shifting to NSUI came about, the whole team stood by it. We trusted each other blindly. Eventually, the same trust transcended to our student voters as well."
Adding to it, Dalvir Singh Khangura (Goldy), former president, student council, says, “When five former elected presidents — me, Amit Bhatia, Satinder Satti, Pushpinder Singh, Sahil Nanda — and party presidents Brinder Dhillon, Harpreet Multani and Manoj Lubana got together, what else do you think would have happened? Where there is teamwork, wonderful things can be achieved. Students don’t vote for a party, they vote for the people running it. Main leaders from other parties also joined us, such as Bindu Grewal from PUSU, who is currently the NSUI president, and Sanjeev Sharma from PUSU. Towards the end of the elections, few other party leaders also supported us, such as SOPU chairman Rimpy Brar, PUSU chairman Baljeet Chaudhary and party president Guramninder Singh Minhas.”
So, does that mean the same team would always play a crucial role in forming the student council? “It’s the team that counts. Each member’s support is crucial to clinch victory. We have decided to be together always, no matter wherever we go. For instance, the next battle for us is to make Bhupinder Batth, chairman, NSUI, win the senate elections,” says Goldy.
Batth intervenes here by saying, “Besides unity, many other factors count. The choice of presidential candidate, Chandan Rana, who commands respect from all students also played to our advantage. There was a rumor that girls voted only for good-looking faces. But, here we are, sure of the fact that we received maximum votes of girls just out of respect for Chandan Rana.”
Girl power most definitely ruled the roost — from getting the maximum number of votes from girls to girl campaigners being spotted everywhere. About the same, Gagan Gill says, “The neutral vote of girls came to our party as Chandan sir has always garnered respect from them. Besides, unlike other parties, our girls came forward to deliver welcome speeches. You should have seen our rally; maximum number of supporters were girls.”