Around 47 supporters from eight student organisations of Panjab University (PU) began their hunger strike outside the vice-chancellor’s office on Thursday, demanding a re-election for the Students’ Council members alleging rampant violations of the Lyngdoh guidelines by parties this year.
Members of parties including Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), Hindustan Student Association (HSA), Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP), Student Organisation of India (SOI), National Students’ Organisation (NSO) and Student Federation of India (SFI) put up a united front opposing NSUI’s victory in the Students’ Council elections on Wednesday.
The protestors have demanded the university re-examine the conduct of the parties in the recently concluded elections on the basis of the guidelines given by former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh.
“We want the authorities to carefully examine the violations of the Lyngdoh guidelines by each party and take immediate stand to cancel the nomination of the candidate found violating these guidelines,” said Sumit Gokhlaney, State General Secretary and Spokesperson, PUSU.
“All the parties which are protesting are also ready for the scrutiny,” he added.
The rival student organisations have been protesting ever since the results were disclosed. However, no university official turned up to meet the protestors on Thursday, which was officially declared a holiday.
A few senior leaders from BJP including PU Senator, Satya Pal Jain, who is also a former MP from Chandigarh, Kamal Sharma, President, Punjab BJP, and Master Mohan, a former Punjab minister, came to visit the protestors and extended their support to the protestors.
“All student organisations are united in this fight for justice. We will continue our protest till our demands are finally met by the university and a re-election is announced,” said Arshnoor Dhillion, President, SOPU.
Meanwhile, a PU official said the university was investigating the election related complaints lodged by students against a candidate including code of conduct
It must be noted that PU had declared the results subject to the decision on code of conduct violations.