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Student elections: PU students divided on poll expense ceiling

Hindustan Times interacted with students of Panjab University and asked them if the ceiling of Rs 5000 for poll expenses be revised?

chandigarh Updated: Aug 18, 2015 17:09 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times interacted with students of Panjab University and asked them if the ceiling of Rs 5000 for poll expenses be revised?

While a few students feel a poll ceiling of Rs 5,ooo is in order, others say it is too less and will not be followed.

‘Low upper-limit will help independent candidates’

An upper limit of Rs 5,000 for poll expenses is justified. If an independent candidate wishes to contest the student elections, a low ceiling would allow him to stand head to head with the bigger parties on campus. Strict implementation of the rule, however, is important.

- Mallika Walter, 22, MA (second year), School of Communication Studies

‘Upper limit should be revised upwards’

The upper limit should definitely be revised to Rs 10,000-15,000 as the bigger parties on campus anyway end up spending a lot more. The authorities should see that the parties adhere to the ceiling and those exceeding the tab on expenditure should be immediately disqualified.

- Dhruv Vashisht, 24, MBA (third semester), UIAMS

‘Need to spend more for efficient campaigning’

Rs 5,000 is too less. To campaign efficiently, the ceiling needs to be at least doubled to Rs 10,000. With our normal college fee itself being in this range, I am sure this is an amount everyone will agree on. Even if someone wants to fight the elections independently, Rs 10,000 can be managed.

- Yogesh Mahendru, 17, BA-1, SD College

‘Rs 4,500 get spent in getting only posters printed’
How is a ceiling of Rs 5000 justified when it costs Rs 4,500 to get 1,000 posters printed? The ceiling should be raised to at least Rs 50,000 – 60,000. If someone wishes to contest the election, this much can definitely be managed.

- Jasnoor Kaur Randhawa, 18, BA-1, SD College

‘Need to be revised as a party has multiple expenses’

The ceiling needs to be increased at least two to three fold. A student party has to get multiple things from posters to stickers to manifestos printed which can’t be done in Rs 5,000. But the onus then lies on the authorities to make sure that rules are implemented in a transparent manner.
- Abhinav Garg, 21, BTech, fourth year, UIET

‘Candidates need to abstain from overspending’

The ceiling should not be revised because the candidates need to abstain from overspending on campaigning. The candidates should focus on presenting their views and highlighting the policies that they want to implement. This does not require an immoderate expenditure on election campaigns. There are bigger issues where this money can be effectively used.
-Ragini Daman, 22, MA English, second year, department of English and cultural studies

‘Candidates mostly waste the money’

The ceiling should not be revised upward as most of the time the candidates simply waste the money. Taking students on excursion trips or movies, does not guarantee a victory for them as students elect only those individuals who they think will actually work for the betterment of the university
- Pratibha Bhaskar, MA English, second year

‘Might use unfair means for promotion if not revised’

Keeping inflation in mind, a revision of poll ceiling is required as the current cap is unrealistic. In case, it is not revised, there are chances of students adopting unfair means for the promotion of their parties.
- Yusuf Firoz, 23, final year, UIET, Chandigarh.

(Compiled by Aastha Sharma and Manika Ahuja)

First Published: Aug 18, 2015 16:30 IST