Even as nominations were filed on Friday, student organisations took a different turn after members withdrew and alliances were finalised on Saturday. The day of withdrawals for the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) 2016 elections saw inter-party bickering and mergers at the same time.
According to the final list of candidates, seven candidates are contesting for the post of president. With poll math and departmental presence coming into play, the student council elections narrowed down to a three-way battle. The list was released after withdrawal of nominations by a number of candidates, following which major parties worked on forming alliances till late in the evening. A major and the oldest student body Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) was divided into two parts just before the release of candidate list.
Led by Satwinder Singh, PUSU president Naval joined hands with NSUISF and NSO, who jointly declared biotechnology student Nishant Kaushal as the presidential candidate.
The party split when senior member Amandeep Kamboj took some members to join with NSUI, SOPU, PUHH, HIMSU and HPSA. The president of this huge alliance is law student Siya Minocha, the first female presidential candidate to be named from a major student party.
Students Organisation of India (SOI) has formed an alliance with Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and HPSO. The alliance fielded Piyush Anand from the Urdu department as its presidential candidate.
Society for Students (SFS) is contesting only for the post of president. Amritpal Singh is their presidential candidate.
Youth Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring was also spotted on campus.