It's SOPU all the way again
It was a clean sweep for the panel of Student organization of panjab university (SOPU) in alliance with Haryana Student association (HSA), Student Organisation of India (SOI) and student Federation of India (SFI), at Panjab University student council elections.chandigarh Updated: Sep 08, 2012 20:46 IST
The alliance led by the Students' Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) repeated its clean sweep in the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) elections conducted on Friday by bagging all the four posts.
While the contest for the post of president was close with Satinder Singh Satti edging out his Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU)-National Students' Union of India (NSUI) rival Abhinav Puri by 533 votes, the election for the post of vice-president was the closest with a slender victory margin of 45 votes.
Satti secured 3,978 votes as against 3,445 polled by Puri.
Seerat Arora defeated Simriti Brar of the PUSU-NSUI to bag the post of vice-president. In a nail-biting finish, she got 3,434 votes, only five more than Brar, showing that the result could have gone either way.
Kuldeep Sheron won the election to the post of secretary by defeating PUSU-NSUI candidate Ranjit Singh by 853 votes, the highest margin of victory in the poll. Sheron secured 3,898 votes.
Kanhaiya Lal defeated his PUSU-NSUI rival Akashdeep Singh by 543 votes to win the post of joint secretary.
It was the strategic planning by SOPU leaders and their tactical alliance with almost all small parties, including the Haryana Students' Association (HSA), Student Organisation of India (SOI) and the Student Federation of India (SFI), which helped them sail through in the elections for the second consecutive time.
The winning panel attributed the victory to SOPU's previous achievements and the efforts put in by their supporters.
SOPU had aligned only with the SOI last year. A record 60.82% votes were polled this time as against a voter turnout of 56% last year.
"I owe this victory to all my supporters. It is their victory as much as it is mine," said a beaming Satti.
SOPU leaders said the victory did not come as a surprise to them. "Our only concern was the margin of victory," they said.
Numbers that spelt victory
President: Satinder Singh Satti
Votes polled: 3,978
Nearest rival: Abhinav Puri
Votes polled: 3,445
Vice-president: Seerat Arora
Votes polled: 3,434
Nearest rival: Simriti Brar
Votes polled: 3,389
Secretary: Kuldeep Sheron
Votes polled: 3,898
Nearest rival: Ranjit Singh
Votes polled: 3,045
Joint secretary: Kanhaiya Lal
Votes polled: 3,889
Nearest rival: Akashdeep Singh
Votes polled: 3,356