During the student council elections, wooing the voters is a routine affair, but this time it seems that the parties have gone a bit vocal and daring too as one of the students organisation at a city college is throwing a party for the freshers.
The representatives of the Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU) party at SD College, Sector 32, will organise a freshers' party for the first year students at restro bar Blue Ice in Sector 17 on August 30 from 12pm onwards. Outsiders are also allowed to attend the party for Rs 500 per head.
Ironically, the entry to the party for girls is free and they will also be served complimentary drinks which include both alcohol and soft drinks.
Neha Kaur, who belongs to Moga, and has taken admission at SD College, said, "Yes, we have been informed about the party and many of us are actually looking forward to go to the party. In Moga, colleges are not so social, so this will be a good opportunity to enjoy and know everyone."
While another student, Mona Kaur, said she will attend the party. "This will be my first college party and I hope all of us enjoy it," she said. While, she was least interested in the elections and casting vote, she added.
A poster has been displayed on the college campus which bears the mobile number of a person, Sam, who is giving party passes. Apart from the poster in the college, this poster has also been displayed outside Blue Ice in Sector 17.
When contacted, Sam, who is providing the passes for the party, told Hindustan Times that outsiders were allowed to come to the party by giving Rs 500 per head, which include one hard drink.
"Yes, you can bring your friends, if they are girls then entry is free, but if male friends want to come then you can collect the passes from me or other PUSU members of the college," Sam said.
When asked, whether this was a party organised by the students' organisation, he said, "Obviously it is being done by us, and the party has been booked at Blue Ice under the name of Mittal. Alcohol will also be on the menu."
When contacted, the PUSU spokesperson Sumit Goklaney said, "Yes, we are planning to organise a freshers' party. But it is not in my knowledge, that when and where it will be organised."
In the meantime, Student's Organisation Panjab University (SOPU) is also planning a party and other activities in the college too.
Simranjeet Singh, who is in BCom final year at SD College, said, "It is a basic strategy to attract voters and lure them towards a particular party. I have been seeing this for quite few years and last year students were also taken to Kasauli and Shimla for excursion," he said.
What law says?
The legal age for consumption of alcohol or alcohol-based drinks is 25 in UT, but with the party and girls being served liquor no one is bothered. Poonam and Smriti, who are both friends and 20 years old said, "This is just a day party and how much will we drink? And it is not necessary we have to be 25 to drink. We are waiting to enjoy the party."