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Rallies, speeches mark last day of canvassing

THE LAST day of campaigning for PUCSC elections was marked by rallies, fiery speeches and hectic canvassing in all departments and hostels on PU campus today. All the parties staged rallies and raised slogans in support of their candidates.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2003 19:59 IST

 6 candidates for top post

THERE ARE five parties but six presidential candidates in this year’s PUCSC elections. DSW Nirmal Singh said Ravinder Singh was the sixth presidential candidate though it was not clear to which of the five parties he belonged. Singh added that Ravinder Singh must have filed his nomination as an acting president and then forgotten to withdraw his name.

The DSW added that of the 75 Departmental Representatives, 38 have already been elected

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THE LAST day of campaigning for PUCSC elections was marked by rallies, fiery speeches and hectic canvassing in all departments and hostels on PU campus today. All the parties staged rallies and raised slogans in support of their candidates. A PUSU activist claimed that they had the maximum number of vehicles in their rally and that theirs was the biggest rally on campus. However, confusion was created on the campus when the police stopped Gurpervez Singh Sandhu, the leader of the breakaway PUSU faction, from staging his rally simultaneously with PUSU. The police also checked the identity cards of those taking part in Sandhu’s rally. A police official told the Hindustan Times that the step was taken to prevent any clash between the two parties and not let outsiders inside the campus. Meanwhile, all the candidates of various parties visited each classroom and delivered speeches promising to work for students’ interests. While ABVP’s Saurabh Joshi and Sandhu promised a violence-free campus, PUSU’s Malwinder Singh Kang told students that he had and would work for them only. SOPU’s Khushbaz Singh Jattana told students that he would ensure their rights were respected and HSA’s Pawan Kumar promised to fight for students’ interests. In the evening, the police had to intervene to stop students from staging rallies and processions after HSA activists alleged that other parties were being allowed to campaign while HSA was being stopped. The police did not allow students to stage rallies after 7.30 p.m. The police also stopped activists from canvassing in girls’ hostels. Meanwhile, campaigning was still on in the boys’ hostels and girl activists of various parties were canvassing in their respective hostels.

First Published: Sep 11, 2003 19:59 IST