A Glance at the Major Contenders of GGDSD Student Elections 2017-18

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With the highly anticipated elections only a few weeks away, we interviewed the presidents of the major parties in GGDSD College to give the students a better insight into the operations of these parties, who humbly beseech your vote.

Karan Malik

Karan Malik

SOI

President: Karan Malik

What is your party’s ideology?

Student welfare is our sole guiding principle. We strive to provide guidance and help to the students in every possible way. Also, we can be contacted anytime, even at odd hours, since we are available to address your grievances 24*7.

What sets you apart from other parties?

Our party is unanimous in all its decisions and solidarity is one of our key components. It isn’t a profit-oriented party, hence no one deviates from the main motto, i.e., student welfare.

How long have you been involved with your party?

I joined it this year.

Acquaint us with the positive changes your party has brought about in the college, if any.

We started the tradition of campus placements in SD College and we’ve brought a legion of companies to the college for the same. The facility of an on-campus ambulance was initiated by us during our tenure. It is available in the college premises during the working hours, and 24*7 in the hostel. The construction of the canteen shed can also be accredited to us.

What are your hopes from the upcoming elections?

I sincerely hope that there is no violence or unnecessary turbulence this time. And may the best party win!

Is there any message that you’d like to give to the freshers?

Students should cast their vote wisely. They should refrain from indulging in caste-based and family background based voting. They should steer clear of external influence and vote for people who can solve their problems rather than the ones who are related to their kith or kin.


Harsh Sharma

Harsh Sharma

SDHU + SDCU

President: Harsh Sharma

What is your party’s ideology?

Our basic ideology is to help the students at any possible level. And also to promote their growth in miscellaneous ways. Our motive is to make better students and not better politicians.

What sets you apart from other parties?

We are the oldest party of SD College. We don’t have any political affiliations or motives. Because of this we’re all the rage even when we aren’t in power. Our party isn’t a political platform for future politicians and its functioning is limited to the college itself. Instead, we try to keep the students away from mainstream politics and focus more on their growth. Our functioning is also very democratic and different from other parties. There is no external influence, hence hard work is promoted and valued. Every decision is made with cooperation and mutual agreement.

How long have you been involved with your party?

It’s been one year.

Acquaint us with the positive changes your party has brought about in the college, if any.

Viraasat Fest, which was discontinued by the college authorities was renewed by us in 2013. We also got the Boy’s Hostel renovated and a gymnasium constructed in the same. Installation of AC in the reading room and construction of the canteen shed are some other feathers in our cap. We’ve held strikes and even negotiated with the college authorities for roll numbers and high fines, irrespective of whether we were in power.

What are your hopes from the upcoming elections?

We’ve always accepted the decision of the students, hence we gracefully accepted our defeat last year. This year, however, we hope to win and get a chance to bring about some changes in the college.

Is there any message that you’d like to give to the freshers?

I would urge all the students to make an informed choice and vote for hard-work instead of ornate speeches.


Harpreet Bedi

Harpreet Bedi

SOPU

President: Harpreet Bedi

What is your party’s ideology?

Our main motive is student welfare. We believe in standing up for their rights and being there for them.

What sets you apart from other parties?:

SOPU was formed in 1977, and is the oldest party of Panjab University. We don’t boast of any political alliance and are only dedicated to student welfare.

How long have you been involved with your party?

It’s been two years.

Acquaint us with the positive changes your party has brought about in the college, if any.

We haven’t got the chance to form a council in SD College after 2014, so we haven’t been able to make any substantial contribution. It’s not like we haven’t tried. But we’re often opposed by the ruling parties and the college authorities.

What are your hopes from the upcoming elections?

I hope the elections go on peacefully and we witness an increase in polling numbers. Also, I hope that the winning margin is high.

Is there any message that you’d like to give to the freshers?

I would like to advise them all to think twice before voting. They should vote logically instead of getting swayed by anyone. Also, I would like to urge them all to caste their vote. We spend so much time campaigning just for your vote, so please do utilise it.

Note:- The writer tried to contact the members of HIMSU Party for an interview, but they refrained from giving any answers.


About the Author:

Zenia Bhatia (SD College 32)

Zenia Bhatia (SD College 32)

Introvert. Outspoken. Bibliophile. Unpredictable.
Books, nature and milkshakes are heaven.

 

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