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Panjab University elections: Poll time is troll time on social media

With the PU elections just five days away, various pages of student parties and even non-political ones have been created on online platforms to target the candidates, in a lighter vein of course, or to comment on the general campaigning.

punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2018 11:17 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Armed with satire, both the contesting parties and students are putting the social media to good use to add humour and wit to the ongoing poll frenzy at Panjab University.

With the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections just five days away, various pages of student parties and even non-political ones have been created on online platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to target the candidates, in a lighter vein of course, or to comment on the general campaigning.

‘STUC-Student Centre, PU Chandigarh’ is the most active Facebook page among the lot, with 4,941 ‘likes’. Even ‘PU Events’ and ‘The PU Post’ occasionally post jokes on various student leaders and parties.

Last year, ‘PU Events’ was among the most active student outfit pages on Facebook. It has 7,100 ‘likes’ and is believed to be operated by a member of the Students for Society (SFS).

Truth bombs

Apart from Facebook pages, Instagram accounts of student wings have also become popular this year.

One such page on this picture-sharing app is ‘pu_ki_sachai’ that targets student leaders and candidates. The page has 1,905 followers. A picture from the comic film ‘Hera Pheri’, which is posted on the account, reads: “When it’s your first day in college and strangers start acting all helpful… Election ka chkr babu bhayia election ka chkr.” The post has been liked 64 times.

In reply to the National Students Union of India’s (NSUI’s) list of achievement, its administrator posted: “Arey bhai, itna jhooth kaun bolta hai (Who lies like this, man)?” The post has been liked 95 times and has been shared 18 times.

On the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)’s ‘Donate an idea for better PU’ campaign, the page wrote: “Aap university chhod do PU better ho jayegi (You leave the university, PU will become better).”

Memes, mockery and more

The innovative minds are also using memes to target student leaders allegedly involved in criminal cases.

Using the template of Sanjay Dutt from ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, a meme on the NSUI’s president, Pankaj Jakhar — who was arrested with gangster Sampat Nehra in a carjacking case — says: “Wo NSUI pardhan banne ke liye car chori karna jruri hai kya (Is is necessary to steal a car to become the NSUI head)?”

Meanwhile, the latest victims of ‘trolling’ are SFS leaders Daman Preet and Raman Preet. Social media users have been saying that while the duo are planning to fight the national parties BJP and Congress, they have not even been able to overcome the challenge of a divided NSUI.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 12:11 IST