Dibrugarh University union threatens to boycott Rahul's visit
AICC leader Rahul Gandhi will interact with students during a one-day visit to Assam on Thursday but members of the PG Students Union of Dibrugarh University have threatened to boycott his visit saying they do not want a political figure in the campus.india Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:01 IST
AICC leader Rahul Gandhi will interact with students during a one-day visit to Assam on Thursday but members of the PG Students Union of Dibrugarh University have threatened to boycott his visit saying they do not want a political figure in the campus.
PGSU president in-charge Kasturi Nath and general secretary Arindam Buragohain told PTI that the students were not informed about Rahul's programme either by letter or notice.
"The VC is running an autocratic administration. He did not consult us. He invited the Youth Congress leader, but did not inform the PGSU. We will not allow any person connected with politics to come to the university campus," Nath asserted.
Rahul is scheduled to arrive in Dibrugarh by a special aircraft and go by helicopter to the university for the interaction with students at the Ranghar Auditorium at 10 am, university sources said.
From Dibrugarh he will fly to Silchar in Cachar district and go by helicopter to the Assam Central University where he will have another interaction with 250 students of the varsity before flying to Guwahati, NSUI members said.
Rahul will go to IIT in North Guwahati around 3.30 pm and would interact with the students there.
He would thereafter fly back to Delhi after that.
Dibrugarh University VC K K Deka appealed to the students to take the opportunity of interacting with Rahul as he had chosen it along with IIT-G and Assam University because of its superior infrastructure.
"Rahul's intention is to visit the technical institute of the highest repute, a central university and a state university. After much research he chose Dibrugarh University. He was then invited here. So the allegation of the PGSU that a political person has been invited is baseless. Rahul is not coming on any political mission, but to interact with students," Deka said.
Dibrugarh SP Arindam Kalita said a multi-layered security arrangement had been put in place as per the SPG directives and the campus sanitised.
Organisers NSUI said they had no information whether Rahul would meet the press or the media would be allowed to cover the interactive sessions at the institutions.