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SOPU alliance sweeps PU polls
Wins all the four seats of student council; polling percentage remains 60.8 %
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Supporters of PUSU with their winning candidate Chetan Narang (centre) at DAV College-10.
Supporters of PUSU with their winning candidate Chetan Narang (centre) at DAV College-10. tribune photo: s chandan

Chandigarh, September 7
Making the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) bite the dust for the second consecutive year, the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) alliance has won the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections to all the four seats. Its presidential candidate Satinder Singh Satti has won with a margin of 533 votes. In the peaceful elections, the SOPU-HSA-SOI-SFI alliance has emerged victorious.

Satinder Singh Satti polled 3,978 votes defeating his rival Abhinav Puri of PUSU-NSUI alliance who polled 3,445 votes.

Interestingly, despite an extended weekend, during which many hostellers went to their homes, the polling percentage remained 60.8 per cent, around 4 per cent more than the polling in the last student council elections. Of a total of 13,723 votes 8,346 votes were cast.

There was much enthusiasm among the students who could be seen rushing towards their departments at 9 am. While the election process was over at around 12 noon, the results were out by 3.30 pm.

Former PUCSC president Pushpinder Sharma, a SOPU candidate, who had won the elections in 2011, said the work done by the party helped it gain the students’ trust. “Achievements like a placement fest, teacher evaluation, providing better infrastructure in departments helped the party come out victorious in the elections by getting the neutral votes of newcomers, Pushpinder said.

Seerat Arora, who earlier filed her nomination as an independent candidate, later joined the SOPU-alliance and was elected vice-president of the student council with a small margin of 45 votes. While Seerat polled 3,434 votes, her close contender Smriti Brar bagged 3,389 votes.

Kuldeep Sheron won the post of general secretary, which is considered a powerful post after the president, with the highest margin of 853 votes.

The post of joint secretary went to another SOPU alliance candidate, Kanhaiya Lal, who defeated Akashdeep Singh with a margin of 543 votes. While Kanhaiya Lal polled 3,889 votes, Akashdeep got 3,346 votes. The campus, which saw a lukewarm response to the elections due to strict police checking, started reverberating with victory sounds as soon as the information of the SOPU-alliance leading in the elections reached the tents.

PU campus highlights

Satinder Singh Satti elected PU student council president a day before his birthday

Elections passed of peacefully

The general secretary wins with the highest margin of 853 votes

One woman as vice-president in the panel of four top posts

Absence of senior PUSU leaders from the election campaign led to their defeat

Students of women colleges choose independents

Traffic jams outside PU gates throughout the day due to checking at the gates. 

PUSU wins in colleges as voters pick new faces

All new faces emerged victorious in the elections to the posts of president in the student council elections at the five prominent colleges. While PUSU candidates have won at DAV College, Sector 10, and Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 46, college-specific parties won at GGDSD College, Sector 32, and SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26. At the PGGC, Sector 46, an NSUI candidate received the highest votes.

DAV College, Sec-10

Winning candidate:Chetan Narang

Losing candidate: Randeep Singh Varaich (SOPU)
Margin of votes: 304 votes

Mantra of success: I feel it is my empathy and support extended to those in need has brought me here — Chatan.

GGDSD College, Sector 32

Winning candidate: Gurekbal Singh

Losing candidate: Amjot (SOPU)

Margin of votes: 108 votes

Mantra of success:I think it was my self-belief and positive attitude which kept me motivated for the win. I always try to ensure that my self-belief does not turn into over confidence — Gurekbal.

PGGC, Sector 11

Winning candidate: Gurvinder Brar (PUSU)

Losing Candidate: Rahul Brar (SOPU)

Margin of votes: 298 votes

Mantra of success: Waheguru has brought this victory to me. I feel that the god could also recognise my sincerity towards my service to my fellows — Gurvinder.

PGGC, Sector 46

Winning candidate: Deepak Kumar (NSUI)

Losing Candidate: Ritu (independent)

Margin of votes: 1,797 votes

Mantra of success: I feel that my planned approach towards campaigning and the rapport with the students over the past three months, especially during the admission season, has contributed to my success — Deepak.

GGSCK College, Sector 26

Winning candidate: Satinder Singh (KCSU)

Losing candidate: Shaminder Pal Aulakh (CSU)

Margin of votes: 730 votes

Mantra of success: I think your communication skills decide your success. No matter how sincere and genuine your efforts are, until you cannot express yourself well, you cannot win voters’ confidence — Satinder.



Poison found in Fiza's stomach
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, September 7
Poison and alcohol have been found in the stomach of Anuradha Bali, aka Fiza, during the examination of her viscera. Fiza was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her residence here on August 6.

Sources in the Punjab State Chemical Laboratory at Kharar said the viscera examination indicated the presence of aluminium phosphide, a poison commonly used to kill rats and ethyl alcohol in her stomach.

Aluminium phosphide is a fumigant and a very poisonous chemical which can cause death. It is used as a rodenticide, insecticide and fumigant for stored cereal grains. It is commonly used for killing rats, mice and other similar rodents and is available under various brand names, including Celphos.

The detection of poison in her system has ruled out her death due to natural causes as was being suspected in her case. However, the vital question that still remains unanswered is whether Fiza committed suicide or was administered poison.

The police could not find any suicide note from her house after her death. While poison has been found from her viscera, the experts had earlier found no traces of poison in the samples of liquor, soda, water and eatables which were collected from Fiza's house on August 7.

Three separate packages were received by the State Chief Chemical Examiner for analysis. One of these had Fiza's viscera and the second contained food particles that she had consumed before her death. In the third package the police had sent pieces of glass, a bottle and drops of liquor for examination.

Three separate boards were formed at the Kharar laboratory to examine each package. Each board had three analysts.

The postmortem report had not indicated any external or internal injury and the examination of the heart and other organs had not revealed the reason for Fiza's death.

The badly decomposed body of Fiza was found lying on a bed in her house in Sector 48 C here.



Medical test confirms repeated rape of child
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
In a major revelation in the schoolchildren’s rape case, it has come to light that the accused has raped one of the children many times. The medical examination of one of the victims, who is seven year old, has confirmed that she was raped a number of times before. The police is also suspecting that there are many school girls who may have become victims to the accused. It would question the schoolgirls.

Yesterday, the police arrested a CRPF retired official, Nand Kishore, a resident of Sector 19, Abhaypur village, after he tried to rape three schoolgirls of class II and IV of a local government school under the pretext of giving them chocolates.

The accused was produced in a local court today. The court sent him to seven-day police remand. Also, the victims’ statements were recorded before the court.

“The medical examination of one of the children has confirmed rape. It has been revealed that the rape was committed earlier but had been committed a number of times. The child is under trauma. The accused had threatened her that she shouldn’t tell anybody about the incident or he would kill her,” said the station house officer of the sector-20 police station, Inspector Narender Singh.

He further added, “During the remand period we will be talking to the other schoolchildren.”

Nand Kishore has four daughters and all of them are married. His wife had died a long time ago and he was staying alone in a house at Abhaypur. 



Cop held for aiding fake IPS officer
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/P’kula, Sept 7
The Panchkula police arrested an Inspector of the UT police for his alleged involvement in the fake IPS officer case. The police arrested Inspector Tarsem Rana for is links with Aman Kumar, who was held for posing as IPS officer.

Aman Kumar was arrested on September 1 by the Panchkula police for duping people. Sources in the police said Rana had allegedly helped Kumar buy a “police” Gypsy from Inspector Kapil Dev of the Chandigarh Police. Rana was in the news in 2009 when his son, Harinder Singh alias Tinu, was arrested as part of a notorious gang of highway robbers.


Accused talked in code
The arrested SI had coded bribe amount as ‘5 kg onion’
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Sub-Inspector Naveen Sharma was to collect a consignment of 5 kg of ‘onion’ from a complainant Shergill on Wednesday night when the CBI laid a trap and blew the lid of the corruption case. As per the recorded conversation, the tape of which is with the CBI, the SI was extra cautious and used code language on the phone to describe the amount of Rs 5 lakh that he had demanded as bribe.

According to the FIR registered by the CBI in the case, the complainant, Sukhbir Singh Shergill, had told the CBI that the conduit SN Aneja had demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh on behalf of SI Naveen Sharma to help him in getting bail for his wife. When he said the amount is huge, Aneja agreed to accept Rs 5 lakh at that time and the remaining after the work was done.

Aneja communicated with Naveen Kumar in code language stating that 5 kg of onion (meaning Rs five lakh) was to be delivered on September 5 and the remaining 5 kg of onion would be delivered later.

Aneja informed the complainant that a meeting with Naveen Sharma could be arranged two hours after the delivery of the first instalment of the bribe.

“The conversation corroborates the demand of a bribe of Rs 10 lakh by SN Aneja on behalf of SI Naveen Kumar. The conversation also reveals that SN Aneja and SI Naveen Kumar are very cautious while transacting a bribe amount,” states the FIR filed by the CBI.

Bank accounts sealed

The CBI today sealed the bank accounts and lockers of SI Naveen Kumar as part of investigations and also took the details of his properties. Sources said the CBI had issued notices to two persons to join investigations in the case. The CBI also questioned the SI about the source of Rs 9 lakh that was recovered from his Sector 46 residence.



Admn mulls making parking lots under parks
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
To end the parking problem in the city, the master plan committee has proposed for underground parking lots beneath some of the big parks in the city. These underground parking lots are expected to solve the parking problem in the city, particularly in residential areas.

The master plan committee, while preparing the city’s master plan, has stated that the parking problem, especially in the residential areas, is increasing day-by-day and can be solved if the UT Administration make parking lots beneath some of the bigger parks in the city.

As per the committee recommendations, almost all the sectors in Chandigarh have huge parks and the space beneath could be utilised for building conventional underground ramp parking spaces.

Sources added the committee also highlighted the fact that the population of the city is increasing day-by-day and these lots would prove more beneficial in densely populated areas of the southern sectors.

A senior official of the UT Administration said that at present city residents are finding it difficult to park their vehicles in the narrow roads in the various sectors of the city. At present, the city has nearly 9 lakh vehicles registered with the UT Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), the official added. The vehicles include two-wheelers and four-wheelers. Also, the number of four wheelers in the city has increased much more as compared to two-wheelers in the last five years, he said. 



MC to beautify city’s entry points
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The municipal corporation will beautify all the entry points to the city which are under its domain. The decision was taken in the road committee meeting today chaired by Janat Jahan Ul-Haq. Officials were directed to commence the beautification work of the beautification of all entry points of the city and table the final proposals in the next meeting.

Members proposed that to avoid delay, the corporation should follow the rates fixed by the Administration for the raw materia. Pointing out that even after revision of the raw material rates, there is not much response on the tender of the works the committee.

The committee also asked the officials to draft a plan of installing railings on all V-3 roads of the city and table it in the next house meeting for approval. It has also been decided that on every road where the paver blocks have been installed, provision to plant more trees should be made.



Congress protests taxes

Mohali, September 7
The District Congress Committee organised a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today to highlight the “misgovernance” of the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab.

Congress supporters gathered in Phase I, raised slogans against the government and blocked traffic for a short time. They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, which was addressed to the Governor.

The protesters criticised the government for burdening the common man with fresh punitive taxes and focused on alleged “misgovernance” and “misdeeds” of the SAD-BJP combine. The party called for the roll back of the taxes.

The Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said the SAD-BJP combine had virtually made the state bankrupt in just six months of its second term. The state’s debt burden was likely to touch Rs 90,000 crore by the end of the year. The revenue deficit was expected to increase to Rs 9,000 crore from Rs 6,700 crore. He further said the government had levied taxes on urban property, increased VAT and hiked the tax on motor vehicles to generate revenue and in the process placed a burden on the common man.

Sidhu said the government was in a financial crisis and had cheated the people by presenting a “tax-free” budget and then introduced taxes.

Congress protesters said there was a breakdown of law and order, agriculture was in a shambles and farmers were falling into the debt trap. They also said that various welfare schemes had been put in cold storage.

The government had not been able to effectively use central schemes for the benefit of the poor either due to bad planning. — OC



Bridegroom still critical
Was set ablaze yesterday allegedly by in-laws
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
The bridegroom who was set ablaze yesterday allegedly by his in-laws continues to be critical. According to the doctors at PGI, it would be difficult to save the victim. It was yesterday when Shivram was set ablaze by his in-laws at Baddi. The victim, suffering from 50 percent burn injuries, was referred to the PGI from the general hospital, Panchkula.

"We are closely monitoring Shivram. Only after 72 hours will we be able to say anything. But he has suffered a lot of burns and it is difficult to save him. We are trying our best," said a senior doctor at the PGI, requesting anonymity.

In a rare case reported yesterday, a 24-year-old youth was set ablaze allegedly by his in-laws. The victim, a resident of Baddi, was rushed to the general hospital, Sector-6, Panchkula, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

After he was set ablaze, Shivram was reportedly thrown outside his sister's house in Kharag Mangoli. Singh works in a factory in Baddi.

Sushma, the sister of the victim, heard his cries outside her house and informed the police. By the time the police had reached the spot, Shivram had fallen unconscious.

In his statement to the police, the victim has named four people - his wife, brother-in-law, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He informed the police that his wife loved someone else and her family wanted her to marry him as the boy earned more than him. Since he was threatening to inform the police about the issue, the in-laws took this action.

Shivram had married a Baddi-based girl some months back. The two had a love marriage. This is the first time that a case has been reported where a bridegroom has been a victim of burning.



SOPU out of scene in city colleges
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
While the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) had a clean sweep at Panjab University (PU) student elections, the party remained completely out of scene at city colleges.

In addition to all women colleges in the city, the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, opted for unanimous selection of candidates.

The women colleges, including Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG), Sectors 11 and 42, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, and Dev Samaj College, Sector 36, elected independent candidates.

Among three popular colleges, while GGDSD College Hotel Union emerged winner, beating both SOPU and PUSU, the presidential candidates at Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, and DAV College, Sector 10, were elected from PUSU.

At Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, meanwhile, the college’s own party, Khalsa College Student Union, got the clean sweep over PUSU and SOPU.

Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42

President: Bhanupriya Sharma, Vice-president: Parampreet Kaur General secretary: Manjot Kaur, Joint secretary: Padma Dolker
Dev Samaj College, Sector 36

President: Harman Cheema, Vice-president: Gurpreet Kaur Secretary: Jyoti Verma, Joint secretary: Manpreet Kaur
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College
Sector 26

President: Satinder Singh Pabla won by a margin of 730 votes. Vice-president: Sanjeet Singh Secretary: Mandeep Singh Joint secretary: Tanu Singh
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26

President: Harsharandeep Kaur Dhillon Vice-president: Divya Secretary: Sheeba Joint secretary: Monika
Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11

President: Rupinder Vice-president: Harmanjot General secretary: Maphi
Goswami Ganesh Dutt Sanatan Dharam College, Sector 32

President: Gurekbal Singh won with 108 votes. Vice-president: Simarjot Kaur, elected unopposed. Secretary: Anuj Garg, elected unopposed. Joint secretary: Sagar Bahuguna, elected unopposed.
Government College of Commerce, 
Sector 42

President: Ansh Grover Vice-president: Rahul Mallik Secretary: Jyoti Sharma Joint secretary: Puneet Sharma.
Post Graduate Government College, 
Sector 11

President: Gurvinder Brar won by a margin of 298 votes. Vice-president: Payal Goswami (HAS-HIMSU), elected unopposed. Secretary: Sunil Sharma, Independent. Joint secretary: Teghbeer Kaur Gill (PUSU), elected unopposed.
Post Graduate Government College, 
Sector 46

President: Deepak Kumar won by a margin of 1,797 votes. Vice-president: Inderpal Singh won by a margin of 1,715 votes. General secretary: Neelgagan won by 169 votes. Joint secretary: Paramjit Singh took the lead with 821 votes.
MCM DAV College for Women, 
Sector 36

President: Parul Singh, an independent candidate.



Vibrant celebrations leave its stamp on PU
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Leading in counting of votes over their rival party was enough for supporters of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) to enter into


Although the results were officially declared later in the afternoon, the supporters of SOPU did not wait for the poll results to be declared and started partying at around 1 pm, as they realised that their victory was certain. It was loud and vibrant celebrations, which left its stamp all over the campus.

Meanwhile, acting swiftly, the police erected a barricade between tents of SOPU and PUSU to avoid any clash between both parties. By the time SOPU’s win was assured, supporters of PUSU vacated their tent.

The newly elected

candidates along with the supporters marched towards the student centre where the election results were supposed to be announced officially.

Slogans were being shouted all around, as there was dancing to the tunes of slogans sung by the party supporters. Waving the party flags, the students made everyone realise that their party has once again won the elections making the rival party bite the dust.


Three outsiders were nabbed by the Chandigarh Police late last night. A sharp-edged weapon was also recovered from their possession.

The police nabbed around 15 outsiders from the campus before the elections.

The police impounded an MUV with a red beacon and also challaned students for black filming.

Stretched weekend led to lower turnout of voters, as maximum number of hostel inmates went home.

Pick-and-drop services were offered to girls by the student parties as the last-minute effort to attract voters.

The victory margin of SOPU president was half of the margin as compared to last year. In 2011, president won with a margin of 1,000 votes, which turned out to be 533 this time.

Minor altercation

SOPU chief Brinder Dhillon entered into an altercation with chief security officer (CSO) PK Dhawan when the latter stopped a SOPU loyalist enter the student centre building. Agitated Dhillon made all winning candidates climb down the building. The issue was resolved when the supporters were allowed to enter the building.

Thumb sketch of winning panel

President: Satinder Singh (Satti)

Department: Geology

Winning margin: 533

Priorities: Getting teacher evaluation implemented and providing hostel facility to maximum number of students.

Winning mantra: Work done by SOPU in the past helped the party in winning trust of the students, therefore ensuring win.

Vice-president: Seerat Arora

Department: UIET

Winning margin: 45

Priorities: Increasing security of girls on the campus, appointment of regular faculty at the earliest, increase activity of placement cell at UIET and additional infrastructure in all departments.

Winning mantra: Ideologies made me win the elections.

General secretary: Kuldeep Sheron

Department: Law

Winning margin: 853

Priorities: Cutting down fee of self-financed courses and prospectus cost, additional hostel facility for students.

Winning mantra: Personal rapport with students at PU spelled magic and ensured win with maximum number of votes.

Joint secretary: Kanhaiya Lal

Department: UICET

Winning margin: 543

Priorities: Better infrastructure in departments, placements for all students.

Winning mantra: Support from friends and personal campaigning helped in wining.


Reducing fee of self-financed courses at PU.

Smart classrooms in all departments.

Recruitment of regular faculty at all departments in PU.

Upgradation of library and addition of more books.

Books shop at the AC Joshi Library and books to be sold at subsidised rates.

Increase in budget to promote meritorious students.

Revised food menus with professional cooks.

One new hostel each for boys and girls.

Water coolers on all floors of boys and girls’ hostels.

Job fest at PU.

Implementation of finalised performa of teacher evaluation.



‘I will ensure violence-free campus’
One-on-one with newly elected PUCSC president Satinder Singh “Satti”

Satinder Singh ‘Satti’, the newly elected president, dances with supporters after declaration of the result.
Satinder Singh ‘Satti’, the newly elected president, dances with supporters after declaration of the result. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Would you be fulfilling last year’s promises made by former president who was also from SOPU?

Fulfilling the promises, which could not be met due to time constraint, would be my priority, followed by new initiatives. Teacher evaluation was one of the promises, which even after finalising of performa was left pending and would be taken up this year.

What are core problem areas at Panjab University?

There is a need of infrastructure in science departments and more hostels, particularly for girls, in PU.

Violence on campus is one of the major problems PU has faced in the past, what efforts would you make to ensure violence-free campus?

I would appeal to all students to restrain themselves from getting violent and stress would be made to maintain harmony with leaders from other student organisations. Moreover, I will try if PU could purchase updated security devices.

Would you like to join mainstream politics after passing-out from the university?

Presently, I don’t have plans to join any political party after completion of my studies. Let me have an experience of leadership and politics, based on which I would plan my next move.



Firing at Rose Garden triggers panic

Chandigarh, September 7
Panic gripped the Rose Garden in Sector 16 on the day of student elections this afternoon when unidentified miscreants fired three to four gunshots in air inside the garden.

As per eyewitnesses, the gunshots were fired after some students pelted stones at a group of youths from outside the garden and as a result they fired in response. The police said student rivalry is the reason for the attack and have recovered pamphlets of SOPU from the spot.

The incident occurred at 12.30 pm. The police reached the spot, along with a forensic team, which recovered an empty shell from the spot. Based on statements of the eyewitnesses, a black Safari suspected to be behind the attack was rounded up and its five occupants taken to the Sector 17 police station for questioning.

However, they were soon let off after it came to light that they were not behind the incident. The occupants of the suspected Safari car included three students of engineering, who were returning after casting vote at DAV College.

“We rounded up some suspects of a Safari, but they were let off, as were not found to be behind the incident. The firing seems to be a mischief played by some students and we are investigating,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Central Ashish Kapoor.

The police recorded the statements of Hira Lal, a gardener at the Rose Garden, and on his complaint a case of act endangering life of others under Section 336 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered at the Sector 17 police station. —TNS



Senior leaders provide edge to SOPU
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Presence of senior leaders of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) while campaigning at Panjab University (PU) provided the party an edge over Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) in the elections held today. Senior PUSU leaders, including Simranjit Singh Dhillon and Udey Wirring, who had an experience of PU politics were missing from the campaigning this year, which turned against the party’s chances of winning the elections.

Sources said both senior leaders of PUSU, who had a major vote bank in the party, could have helped PUSU cover a margin of 533 votes from which the presidential candidate lost.

Meanwhile, presence of SOPU chief Brinder Dhillon, who is known for his winning strategies in the student elections, played a crucial role to ensure the party’s win.

Dhillon, who is in student politics from the last nine years and have been actively involved in PU politics from six years now, has a deep knowledge of campus politics.

The alliances made by SOPU a few days before the elections with Hindustan Students’ Association (HSA), Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Student Federation of India (SFI) was another timely decision, which gave SOPU an edge over their rival parties.

Meanwhile, PUSU had alliance with NSUI only, which is still far way behind when it comes to the vote bank and this factor also reduced the chances of PUSU’s win.

SOPU’s decision to field a candidate from the science department for the post of president also played a crucial role, as the party succeeded in gathering a majority of votes from these departments. The science departments have a large number of voters who always support a candidate from their stream and ensure their win, said a former PU leader.



60.8 per cent cast vote

Chandigarh, September 7
The stretched weekend with three-day holidays falling after the elections played a major role in low voter turnout with only 60.8 per cent students casting their votes. Friday, the poll day, being a holiday, followed by three more holidays, made hostel inmates pack their bags and leave for their home.

Out of total 13,723 votes in 56 departments, only 8,346 students exercised their right to vote. Though as compared to last year, the poll percentage saw an increase by 4 per cent. The poll percentage during the student elections held in 2011 was 56 per cent. —TNS



Only 35% turns out to vote 
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Long weekend and fear of clashes deterred a majority of college students to cast their votes today. The turnout went slightly above last year’s, yet it remained way below 50 per cent.

The voter turnout recorded this year was 35 per cent, 10 per cent moew than last year.

While most of the students residing in hostels packed their bags and headed home on Thursday evening, the local students preferred not to turn up in fear of violent fights in and around college campuses, as reported in the past couple of months.

The election convener at the PGGC in Sector 11, said, “The voting percentage has been below 75 per cent since last many years. But it went below the expected level last year and this year as well. ”

The election convener at DAV College, Sector 10, said, “The voter turnout was quite low this time since the authorities chose Friday as the polling day, which is followed by the weekend.”

The turnout was remarkably low at three prominent colleges, which includes GGDSD, Sector 32, DAV College, Sector 10, and Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11.



Women colleges go with independents 
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Unlike the trend in co-educational colleges, women's colleges in the city preferred to select independent candidates during the student council elections held today.

Principals of women colleges, however, presented mixed opinions over the practice. Only two principals said that independent candidates perform better. Others said students should be encouraged to form parties to understand the democratic system.

Mani Bedi, principal of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, said, “What I have observed in the past two to three years is that the elections held by dissociating with the prominent political parties are better organised and the selected candidate remains more sincere throughout the year.”

Puneet Bedi, principal of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, said, “The present system of choosing candidates in our college has contributed towards the learning and growth of the students equally. We have never discouraged the students to setup political parties. Rather, they have been resorting to the independent system voluntarily.”

Meera Modi, principal of Dev Samaj College, said, "The system of setting up a political party certainly makes the student understand their responsibilities as a representative of people. There are a number of merits in the system."

The practice of selecting independent candidates has been there among the women colleges over the past couple of years.



Cheering students block roads

Chandigarh, September 7
Huge traffic jams were seen outside the city colleges this afternoon, after the winning candidates of students’ council elections and their supporters blocked roads by taking out rallies.

The police personnel deployed at DAV College, Sector 10, and Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, were on their toes. The policemen were seen managing the crowd in order to ensure free flow of traffic.



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