With the student elections at Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) and other 108 colleges in the state which is due on August 17, candidates are working hard to seek support of over two lakh voters.
The panels of all three main student organisations, the Students Federation of India (SFI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) filed their nomination papers yesterday at their respective colleges. There are a total of 3,158 voters, including 1,770 girl voters, at HPU.
With the final voter list at HPU and other places being finalised, campaigning has been started. The candidates are going from one department to another, seeking support. The campaigning is not just confined to their campus; in the evening, the candidates also go to day scholars’ homes to seek their support. Security has been increased both on the campus as well as hostels to prohibit the entry of outsiders and ensure violence free polls.
Besides HPU, it is the local Rajkiya Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Evening College and HPU Regional Centre, Dharamshala, which are among the prestigious
and bigger colleges where the parties want to have their stronghold.
With the HPU authorities ensuring strict adherence to the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee for student polls, students cannot raise slogans or paste posters all over the campus. There are designated places to put up limited posters and that too handwritten ones, as printed ones are not allowed.