Police tell PU about violations during student election
Even as Panjab University officials have decided to maintain a studied silence over violations done by various organisations in the recent students election, Chandigarh police have forwarded to varsity officials a report naming these outfits and their wrongdoings in the run-up to the polling.chandigarh Updated: Sep 10, 2012 21:55 IST
Even as Panjab University officials have decided to maintain a studied silence over violations done by various organisations in the recent students election, Chandigarh police have forwarded to varsity officials a report naming these outfits and their wrongdoings in the run-up to the polling.
Varsity officials have so far issued no show cause notice to any of the erring students bodies.
The police report revealed that these organisations spent much more than the Lyngdoh committee recommended limit of Rs 5,000 per candidate. Also mentioned point-wise in the police communiqué were 10 "glaring violations" during the election.
The police report also pointed out that all the student unions used printed material on their campaign vehicles and during canvassing in the campus. The letter mentions that a CD containing the data on vehicles involved had already been supplied to the varsity officials.
PUSU, SOPU and INSO used printed flags during rallies which again was against the norms laid by the Lyngdoh committee. Student leaders also kept canvassing in different departments even after campaigning had come to a close officially.
It was mentioned that Students Organisation of India (SOI) had hosted a freshers' party at 7pm on August 30 at Hotel Naya Gaon in SAS Nagar. On August 31, both Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) had held a freshers' party at Hooka Bar, Sector 26, Chandigarh and at a discotheque in NAC Manimajra, respectively.
SOPU too had arranged a Kasauli trip for newcomers to woo them in favour of the party. As per the report, the student body had booked two buses at the rate of Rs 7,000 each from Dashmesh Travel. A statement of the proprietor confirming the same was also forwarded to the varsity officials.
Both SOPU and PUSU had also taken their supporters for a movie and arranged a trip to Timber Trail. The report said that the expenses were borne by both student bodies.
The police report also said that all student bodies had set up tents and chairs during campaigning and each spent Rs 2,500 per day on this. The report also talked of the presence of outsiders, who were supporters of various student bodies, throughout the election.
Talking to Hindustan Times, DSP Ashish Kapoor said, "We have supplied PU authorities with a detailed report on violations during student council elections and now it is up to them to act."
On the other hand, PU varsity officials maintained that they had not received any report from Chandigarh police and would decide on further course of action only after going through the same. Prof AS Ahluwalia, Dean Students Welfare (DSW), said, "We are yet to get a copy of the report and once we go through it, the best possible course would be taken."
Violations pointed out by police
Use of printed materials
Parties, movies, outstation trips arranged by student bodies to woo voters
Canvassing in classrooms even after end of campaigning
Huge money spent on tents, vehicles etc.