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Panjab University polls: Four parties find strength in alliances

INSO is the student wing of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of Haryana. HIMSU, HPSU and HSA, are student initiatives and are not affiliated to any political party, their supporters claim.

punjab Updated: Aug 28, 2018 11:59 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Though INSO, HIMSU, HPSU and HSA have focused mainly on important students’ issues, all four parties pay special attention to the problems of students from their regions — Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Though INSO, HIMSU, HPSU and HSA have focused mainly on important students’ issues, all four parties pay special attention to the problems of students from their regions — Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.(HT File )
         

There’s a saying in Panjab University that if students from Haryana and Himachal Pradesh support a major party, it has every chance of winning the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections. That’s why strong alliances have become a key feature of university politics.

The Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the student wing of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD); Himachal Pradesh Students Union (HPSU); Himachal Students Union (HIMSU); and Hindustan Students Association (HSA) have thus emerged as major alliance parties on campus.

Formed in 2006, INSO’s message to students is: You will never walk alone. For HIMSU, which was founded in 2002 but started work on the PU campus in 2012, the mission statement is: United we stand, divided we fall.

HSA’s slogan is: We want a change and for HPSU it is: Towards power through knowledge.

Party affiliations

INSO is the student wing of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of Haryana. HIMSU, HPSU and HSA, are student initiatives and are not affiliated to any political party, their supporters claim.

Agenda over the years

Though they have focused on important student issues, the parties pay special attention to the problems of students from their regions, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Highs and Lows

These alliance parties have been elected to PUCSC posts of secretary and joint secretary over the years by supporting the presidential candidates of other parties or by forming alliances with them. INSO and HSA have also been involved in clashes in the past with one party or the other.

INSO leaders were earlier allegedly involved in cases of rioting, criminal intimidation and stone-pelting at the vice-chancellor’s (V-C’s) office in 2007.

Factions

HPSU has been divided into two groups this year, with member Nishant Kaushal, earlier Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) member and PUCSC president in 2016, forming another faction.

He made the move just a day before HPSU president Kuldeep Rawat named the panel to fight the student elections. Students speculate that the Kaushal-led group will be used indirectly by one or another major party during elections.

The other three parties do not have any factions.

Big leaders produced

No prominent leaders have been produced by these parties as yet.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 11:56 IST