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Speeches of student bodies devoid of substance, old wine in new bottle

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 31, 2014
First Published: 15:05 IST(31/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:11 IST(31/8/2014)

With the election date nearing, the speeches of student leaders increasingly seem a tape recording of previous years’ versions. In fact, a look at the promise being made actually can lead one to believe that nothing has changed over the last few years.

Promises like 24-hr entry-exit for girl hostellers, ensuring regular parties and cultural events are held are the key items being offered as sops to be fulfilled after the polls at PU.

Besides, there is the customary dig at rival parties, especially from those who lost last year.

The scene is no better at colleges where promises by student leaders include making fans and water coolers in workable condition.

Students are understandably bemused. Rohini Mehta, a BA final year student at DAV College, told HT: “We don’t even recognise most student leaders and every year faces change. The so-called student leaders have hardly any issue to talk about and probably just end up contesting to gain mileage.”

At PU, there are 17 student bodies contesting the elections and most of the new leaders are not recognizable by students. Sheweta Arora a MSc student said, “There are no issues which these leaders talk about. They are not to to be seen throughout the year and suddenly theyspring up right before the elections.”

The students label the speeches as silly and claim that a engineering department students could be influence by these due to their young age.

A major focus of all leaders is girl students they comprise 70% of the voters. Each leader makes a special effort to mention girls in his speech.

Research scholars and those pursuing MSc and other master courses say that they dread this part of the year as in spite of all efforts, academics do gets disturbed. Freebies are also on offer to woo voters.

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