Rahul's student session boycotted by media
Journalists today boycotted Rahul Gandhi's interaction session with students of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong after they were allegedly subjected to an intense security check.india Updated: Feb 14, 2011 18:29 IST
Journalists on Monday boycotted Rahul Gandhi's interaction session with students of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong after they were allegedly subjected to an intense security check.
Over 25 mediapersons, despite being issued special passes to cover the programme, were allegedly confined to a room adjacent to the convention hall where the interaction was organised, minutes before Rahul arrived. They were not allowed either inside the hall or to go outside till the middle of the event.
"We are doing our job," an SPG man said when questioned about the 'security measure'.
The media then decided to boycott the programme even as the organisers were seen persuading them saying they can be allowed inside the hall for maximum three minutes.
Interestingly, amid allegations that the interaction was political and meant to lure youths for joining the NSUI, the office of NEHU Vice Chancellor said, "We are not aware what the meeting is all about. The Congress will be in know of things."
After the hour long interaction was over, activists of the Congress student's wing were seen distributing NSUI membership forms among the students who had attended the programme.
The coordinator for Gandhi's visit D Geetha Krishnan told reporters, "The programme has nothing to do with Congress. It's just an informal interaction. Rahul took questions from the students on various issues."
At the Convention Hall of NEHU, the AICC General Secretary interacted with some 600 students of the city. Forty students, each from 15 colleges in Shillong, besides 70 others from NEHU attended the programme.
After the programme, Gandhi flew to Mizoram where he was slated to inaugurate a girls' hostel.