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Puta elections today; HC withholds results

punjab Updated: Sep 14, 2012 00:04 IST
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There will be no official declaration of results of the Punjabi University Teachers' Association (PUTA) polls, though counting of the votes will take place as scheduled.

Taking up a plea filed by a teacher of Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo, seeking voting rights to the teachers of all constituent colleges of the university, the bench of justice Mahesh Grover of Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered to withhold the results.

As per the copy of the interim orders, the court has also given provisional voting rights to the six teachers of the Guru Kashi College, terming that validity of this voting will be subject to the final decision of the court.

Since another case of giving voting rights to the teachers of constituent colleges was already pending in the court, the court ruling said that results would be kept in sealed envelopes and would be construed after the decision on the plea of the petitioners comes.

Meanwhile, a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed among the teachers on the poll eve on Thursday. The Puta polls are being conducted after a decade.

Though the fight for the posts of president and general secretary is four cornered, but the main contest is likely to be held between Punjabi University Teachers Co-ordination Committee (PUTCC) and the Teachers United Front (TUF) candidates.

Teachers for Intervention in Education (TIE), who are contesting the polls independently, have claimed that they were getting good response from the teachers.

"We have got good response and we hold the key in these elections," said Rajesh Sharma, presidential candidate TIE.

PUTCC, convener, Jawinder Brar, said that since the coalition had been fighting for the teachers' cause, PUTCC was destined to win the polls.

A total of 675 voters will cast their votes, of which 133 votes are of the teachers from regional campuses in Bathinda, Talwandi Sabo, Maur, Rampura and Mohali.