With muscle-flexing and ‘show of strength’ rallies on offer on the Panjab University campus prior to elections, gone are the days when student elections were about youthful exuberance and ideologies. As voting day draws closer, power pumping by student parties is only increasing. In such a situation, who cares about the Lyngdoh guidelines?
So, rules and regulations have been tossed out the window with student bodies carrying out rallies of all kinds, be it car or strength, and are distributing printed party stickers all over campus. The frenzy is evident in the clear violation of the Lyngdoh guidelines.
Handmade posters only. Or not.
Guidelines state that no printed pamphlets are allowed and parties are only to use
handmade posters for campaigning. But the Students Organisation of India (SOI) was spotted distributing printed party stickers to its supporters on campus.
Similar violations were spotted in PU’s affiliated colleges including the Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11 (PGGC-11), PGGC-46, DAV College, Sector 10, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, SD College, Sector 32, where student leaders had party stickers on their t-shirts and mobile phones.
On Wednesday, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a mass ‘show of strength’ rally at the Student Centre for the upcoming student council elections. Around 500 students from various departments took part and raised slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘ABVP Zindabad’ in this ‘shakti pradarshan’.
Rally spokesperson Harmanjot Singh Gill (state joint secretary Punjab) said, “This year ABVP will make history after winning student council elections. We have already announced the campaign ‘My Manifesto’ in which ABVP is addressing various problems of students.”
Is the varsity keeping watch?
University officials said an official photographer taking pictures and recording videos of all violations and the varisty will take required action against parties once all the videos are compiled.
A recap on the Lyngdoh guidelines
1 Candidates can use only handmade posters for campaigning. These can only be pasted in earmarked areas on campus.
2 No candidate is allowed to carry out processions or do canvassing outside campus.
3 Use of loudspeakers, vehicles and animals for canvassing is prohibited.