In an attempt to corner the Students Organisation of India (SOI) in the ensuing Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections, National Students Union of India (NSUI) has waged a cartoon war on the campus and on social media.
NSUI which is the student wing of Congress, has launched a series of cartoons ridiculing Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its student wing SOI for the drug menace in Punjab. NSUI has trained their guns on deputy CM Sukhbir Bhadal, his brother in-law Bikram Singh Majithia and president of SOI Chanidgarh unit Vikramjit Singh Middukhera.
In one of the cartoons, NSUI has targeted drug addiction in Punjab and labeled SOI as the 'Smack Organisation of India'. SOI leaders are shown offering smack, money, guns and 'daaru' (liquor) to a student, to which he responds by saying that he is a vegetarian.
In another cartoon, Meet Jatana, SOI president, has been shown injecting drugs into Punjab. SOI Chanidgarh unit president Vikramjit Singh Middukhera has also been mocked by depicting him as taking money from a Akali Dal leader to splurge on campus elections to buy votes.
The most talked about cartoon is where SOI leaders have been shown taking Sukhbir and Bikramjit Singh Majithia on wheel chairs entering PU campus.
In one of the cartoons, Middukhera has been shown offering freebees and threatening students to garner votes. There are cartoons where NSUI has accused SOI of bullying students and eve teasing through a cartoon.
NSUI has also targetted PU authorities by accusing them of supporting SOI. All the cartoons have been put up on the NSUI PU page on Facebook.
On Friday, when NSUI was distributing the cartoons in the law department, the police seized it as a violation of Lyngdoh guidelines which states that a party cannot use printed material for publicity.
Talking to HT, Brinder Singh Dhillon, who is managing NSUI's election, said the idea behind the cartoons is to depict SOI as a synonym of Akali Dal by talking about drug addiction, vote buying and portraying them as outsiders.
Middukhera, on the other hand, termed the move as an attempt to deflect from real issues. "NSUI has failed to deliver in the last two terms and they have nothing to show as their achievements," he said. He further said that NSUI's negative tactics will backfire and the students will vote for change in the favour of SOI.