Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa said he was in favour of holding student body elections in colleges and universities as it would create "better political awareness" among students and help in emergence of better leaders.
Addressing Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) activists before flagging off the 'Adhikaar Yatra' with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar and PPCC vice-president OP Soni, from Jallianwala Bagh here on Wednesday, Bajwa pointed out that student elections were banned in the 1980s due to terrorism, and were not revived in spite of return of normalcy.
Referring to the Supreme Court order of 2006 on holding elections to student organisations in colleges within five years across the country, he said while Panjab University in Chandigarh had started the process, the state government had not taken any decision in this matter so far.
The Lyngdoh Committee had also recommended holding elections to student bodies, he said, adding that student union elections would strengthen democracy in the state and provide a better understanding about the political set up to youths.
The 30-day 'yatra', under the leadership of PYC chief Vikramjeet Singh Chaudhary, will travel through all 117 assembly segments of the state, before concluding at Jalandhar on October 31.
The yatra is aimed at acquainting people about the policies and work done by the UPA regime to uplift people and help them get their rightful share, and enlighten them about their legal and constitutional rights.
"The state government has tried to malign the outlook of the masses by claiming credit for the noble endeavors and schemes of the central government, and has even gone to the extent of distorting the interpretation of these schemes," said Chaudhary, as he commenced the march.
Echoing Chaudhary, Jakhar alleged that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was "always out to claim credit for every scheme of the central government". "These are nothing but cheap political stunts," he added.
He asked the PYC leaders to spread awareness about the Food Security Act and other schemes, and to lay particular emphasis on the land acquisition bill.