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Hear ’em roar: Luxury cars fuel PU election campaign

Come election time, don’t be surprised to hear the roar of high-end cars amidst all the sloganeering on the Panjab University campus. It’s usual to see girls leaping out of sunroofs or windows of fancy cars during the election campaign year after year. A sight for sore eyes, parties say. The cars make all the difference, after all.

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2016 12:28 IST
Akshi Sharma
Student leaders of almost all parties flaunt high-end luxury vehicles on the campus. For them, more such vehicles in the cavalcade, the merrier it is.
Student leaders of almost all parties flaunt high-end luxury vehicles on the campus. For them, more such vehicles in the cavalcade, the merrier it is. (Ravi Kumar/HT )

Come election time, don’t be surprised to hear the roar of high-end cars amidst all the sloganeering on the Panjab University campus. It’s usual to see girls leaping out of sunroofs or windows of fancy cars during the election campaign year after year. A sight for sore eyes, parties say. The cars make all the difference, after all.

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Luxury cars have fuelled PU’s election campaign by adding the X-factor to it. Party leaders claimed that including these cars in their cavalcade not only woo students but also create a ‘wave’ that causes a ‘ripple effect’.

Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) leader Sanjay Sangwan believes that cars such as Jaguar, BMW, Audi, and Land Cruiser fascinate voters, especially girls who constitute 75% of PU’s strength. “It adds glamour to the otherwise placid elections,” he said.

When asked about the ownership and funding of such cars, National Students Union Of India Student Front leader (NSUISF) Rohit Rana claimed that the party’s supporters and ‘friends’ lent their cars for the campaign and also paid for the fuel.

It’s ‘PU culture’

The presence of luxury cars in student campaigning is not a new deal. For the past many years, campaign strategies have involved cars to make a fashion statement. Some parties also rent cars and offer girl students a free ride.

Not cars but agenda matters

For students who have witnessed elections year after year, such fancies have lost their charm. Rahul, a student of university institute of hotel and tourism management, remains unperturbed by such ‘tactics’ and demands substantial reforms.

“The parties bring such cars to show off and gain votes. It will be good if they work on the agendas that they propose. These cars only add to noise and chaos,” he said.

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