Dean Students' Welfare professor Navdeep Goyal on Tuesday said that the likely date for PU elections was August 28. "As announced by the police, August 28 will be the likely date for elections. The code of conduct will, however, be implemented later with formal announcement," Goyal said.
With election date round the corner, students' parties have increased their activities on PU campus. A new party, Pal Pehalwan Students Organisation (PPSO), has appeared on the election scene at Panjab University (PU) on Tuesday with former leader of National Students Union of India (NSUI) Amrinder Singh as president and Khuspal Singh Pannu as campus president.
However, NSUI maintained a constant denial of any considerable impact of the addition on itself. "Amrinder Singh's inclination was in the state. He had already been expelled from NSUI. He is not even a student of Panjab University (PU). There will be no impact on us," said NSUI's Divyanshu Budhiraja, outgoing president of PU Students' Council. Amrinder Singh, however, denied the allegations and claimed that he had sought admission at Public Administration department.
PPSO claims to work for increasing hostel rooms, end of drug addiction on campus, helpline for girls and free education for poor students.
PPSO posters defy defacement norms
It was the launch of the PPSO on Tuesday but its supporters defied the defacement guidelines by pasting posters all over students' centre. When contacted, DSW professor Navdeep Goyal said, "The posters were got removed."
NSUI also alleged that most of the supporters of Amrinder Singh on Tuesday at students' centre were outsiders. Denying the claim, Singh maintained that they were from the campus.
Clash averted between NSUI and PPSO
The PU authorities were caught unawares as a clash could have ensued between NSUI supporters and PPSO members, slogan-matching continued for some time on campus. The police had to intervene to avoid a clash between the two groups.