Panjab University elections: Will SOI go in alliance with ABVP?
With Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the student wings of mainstream parties are under pressure to perform well in PU polls .Updated: Aug 30, 2018 13:57 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
With last date of filing nominations for Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections on August 30, major parties are contemplating entering into alliances with each other.
With Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the student wings of mainstream parties are under pressure to perform well in PU polls .
Ahead of the PUCSC elections scheduled on September 6, speculations are being made that Students Organisation of India (SOI) might go in alliance with Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP). SOI is the student wing of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) while ABVP is the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and participates in activities organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
ABVP spokesperson Harmanjot Singh did not deny the possibility. He said, “We are deciding on the candidates and will announce the names on Thursday. We will fight for the post of president. If we go in alliance, the candidate will be from ABVP. We will not compromise on the post of president.”
Meanwhile, SOI is divided on the issue of alliance with ABVP. A few student leaders from the organisation stated that there could be a possibility of alliance while others denied it.
SOI senior leader Vicky Middukhera said, “As of now, there is nothing on ground. If there could be a mutual understanding with any parties, we can go for alliance. Our candidate for president will remain Iqbalpreet Prince.”
Sources claimed that the party is even divided on the candidature of Prince. Many within SOI believe that Prince is from a weaker department and his candidature would ultimately lead to a loss.
SOI senior leader, who requested anonymity, said, “The party will not go in alliance with ABVP. It could only be possible if the candidate is from SOI and we are sure that the candidate’s loyalty lies with SOI and not with any other party.”
First Published: Aug 30, 2018 13:57 IST