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Does the contestants' money power swing the student council polls?

Hindustan Times interacted with the students of Panjab University and asked them if a candidate’s monetary strength played a significant role in their standing in the elections. A large majority of students agreed that student voters did get swayed by a candidate’s use of money and casted their vote for the party that organised trips and parties for them.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 26, 2015 11:21 IST
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Girls campaigning at a hostel in Panjab University on Sunday. Karun Sharma/ HT

Money plays crucial role

In PU polls money plays a very crucial role. The aspiring candidates throw lavish parties and organise trips for the students just to influence them and win their votes. Holding rallies, campaigning on a grand scale, making attractive posters and stickers all need monetary support. Rich candidates influence PU polls.” - Anish Bector, department of laws (third year)

Parties use money to strengthen vote bank

The involvement of political parties in the university elections has led to money playing a huge role in deciding who wins. While some students don’t let free perks govern who they vote for, others get attracted by free trips, late night movie shows and parties which all arranged by political parties to strengthen their vote bank. - Rahul Bhardwaj, department of English and Cultural Studies

Only a few understand importance of their vote

In my opinion, money plays a significant role in the victory of any party. A large majority of students are attracted by money and give their votes to the party who is investing money on them, However, some students, understand the importance of student politics and give their precious vote to the party who seems hardworking and is always ready to fight with the authority for the benefit of students.
- Shubham Grover, computer science and engineering, (fourth year)

Students get impressed by monetary power

Students sell their votes to parties who throw fresher's parties even though they might not see the faces of the leaders that they selected for the rest of the year. It’s the fault of the students for not only getting swayed by various ulterior incentives but also getting impressed by the leaders’ monetary powers. - Sana Bagga, MSc in fashion technology (second year)

Parties’ agendas not considered while voting

Yes, money power does swing the student council polls. Contestants with money try to organise DJ nights and free trips which have a great influence on new comers. The new-batch of students are not aware of these parties’ actual agenda and end up casting their votes on the basis of the money spent on them. - Gurvinder Kaur Sandhu, MA English (second year)

Few students use their votes wisely

While it is true that some students readily vote for the party which takes them to free trips or holds parties for them, there are others who use their vote judiciously. All the students cannot be considered to be voting on the same lines as there are those students too who choose their leaders wisely. - Ruchika, senior research fellow, department of zoology

(Compiled by Prabhneet Kaur and Neetika Walter)

First Published: Aug 26, 2015 11:13 IST