With just five days left for polling to the four posts of Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC), hostel rooms and canteens here have become war rooms where student outfit leaders and their supporters are strategizing their campaign plan round-the-clock, especially during the night.
As a matter of fact, these have become planning hubs and are crowded throughout with eager party supporters who converge to hold meetings. While such meetings are usually held in the boys’ hostels, there is equal hustle bustle at girls’ hostels as well.
Snigdha Bawa, who is contesting for the vice-president’s post from the alliance panel of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), National Student Union (NSO) and Himachal Pradesh Student Union (HIMSU) has assigned her friends and supporters the work of making charts and banners for garnering support.
“Soon, we will be putting up tents and then we will need lots of banners and posters for which my friends are helping me,” Snigdha said. Not only these girls are helping their male counterparts prepare posters and banners, they are also canvassing vigorously in the girls’ hostels.
Rupali Joshi, a resident of hostel No 2, said, “Action is on and the poll campaigning continues till late night at least inside the hostels. Senior girls can be seen addressing students and convincing them to vote for a particular party.”
The student outfits have formed department-specific teams for campaigning.
Amandeep Kamboj of PUSU said, “A lot of thinking goes into how campaigning should be done. We form teams keeping the departments in mind. For example, if a team is to be sent to the sciences department, we assure that those campaigning from our side include science students also so that we can relate more with them.”
The parties are also focusing on girl students as they form the major chunk of voters. Dinesh, a student leader of ABVP, said, “We have deployed girls inside the hostels to campaign for the party.
We gather outside the girls’ hostels every evening and take their feedback as how campaigning is going on. No party can overlook the girls as they form the majority of voters. Even the girls are participating more actively this year.”