Taking time off studies, student leaders of Punjab University have been campaigning for various candidates contesting the Punjab assembly polls.
Some are campaigning for candidates of the ruling SAD-BJP combine, while a few are sweating it out for the Congress candidates. There are others who have thrown their weight behind the Sanjha Morcha candidates.
Student Organisation of Punjab University (SOPU) president Vikramjeet Singh is no stranger to politics as his father Gurdial Singh is the sarpanch of Middukhera village in Muktsar. He is part of the group campaigning for chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is contesting from Lambi constituency. The group has been given the responsibility of two villages.
Talking about his role, Vikramjeet said they had been assigned two villages and were doing door-to-door campaigning. "We have been given the responsibility of distributing pamphlets and making people aware by highlighting the achievements of the ruling party," said Vikramjeet.
Besides going door-to-door, the student leaders are putting their university connections to use for pulling crowds and bringing a spark to the campaign.
SOPU leader Barinder Singh Dhillon, along with his associates, is wooing voters in support of Congress candidates Gurchet Singh Bhullar and Arvind Khanna, who are contesting from Khemkaran and Dhuri seats, respectively. "Our prime responsibility is to gather crowds; besides, we also take care of the office work," Dhillon said.
The short stint in campaigning has made student leaders realise how difficult it is to convince people. "Unlike the university politics, people are aware of what's going on and we cannot fool them," said Students’ Federation of India president Lovneet Singh Thakur, who is campaigning for Raghunath Singh, candidate of the Sanjha Morcha.
"There is a fight for every vote and it's not easy to make people vote for your candidate, whereas in the university, convincing students is not that difficult," said Thakur.
The Punjab University Students' Union (PUSU) is going all out to support Kuljit Singh Nagra, who is contesting from Fatehgarh Sahib on a Congress ticket. Sumit Goklaney, a senior PUSU member, along with other party workers, is camping in Fatehgarh Sahib to boost the campaign of their former president. "Mere participation in campaigning has been a learning experience for us. The approach adopted by the leaders is so mature; there is so much for us to learn and implement at the university level," said Goklaney.
PUSU members of are also supporting the election campaign of Congress candidate Rajwinder Singh Lucky, who is contesting from Balachaur.