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Thursday, August 25, 2016

GU elections could indicate which way students will vote in 2017

Political parties following polls with interest; three panels, including an independent panel, contesting the nine seats on the students’ committee

PANJIM: With State Assembly polls just months away, Friday’s elections to the Goa University Students Council (GUSC) will be viewed with interest by political parties.

Three panels will be contesting Friday’s elections. They are the Bharatiya Janata Party Students Cell (BJPSC), National Students Union of India (NSUI) and an independent panel. The result will be viewed as an indication of which way the student vote will swing in the 2017 State Assembly elections. For the last six years, the BJP Yuva Morcha (BJPYM) backed panel has swept the GUSC elections.
A total of 90 university representatives from colleges across the State will cast their votes for the nine member strong students’ committee. The results will be declared the same day. Goa University is the only university in the State and all colleges are affiliated to it.
“We are confident and have faith in the students that will easily help us clinch victory for the seventh time in a row,” said Sanket Arsekar, Ex-convener of the BJP students’ cell.
“Our panel’s stand was clear that we won’t take any political support and we have stood by it. We are confident that our panel will emerge victorious,” says Ashit Verenker, Convener of the independent panel.
Students from across colleges are hoping that the new students’ council committee will resolve their major problems – re-verification fee, attendance and transport – and also look into their grievances and day-to-day problems faced on the campus.

Herald Goa News

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