Rahul asks students to weed out corruption from politics

Rahul Gandhi on Friday interacted with students at some of Haryana`s prominent educational institutions encouraging them to weed out corruption from politics.

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 23:24 PM IST

Chandigarh: Rahul Gandhi on Friday interacted
with students at some of Haryana`s prominent educational
institutions encouraging them to weed out corruption from
politics even as student wings of rival political outfits
protested with one of them terming the visit as an attempt to
politicize the community.

Commencing his day-long visit from Hissar where he
addressed students at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana
Agricultural University (CCSHAU), the young leader proceeded
to Kurukshetra University to address a similar gathering there
and later to Karnal where he met the youth on the campus of
the National Dairy Research Institute.
Answering a question about corruption in the system at
Karnal`s National Dairy Research Institute, he said it is not
that everybody is corrupt but honest people also get embroiled
in things they have not done at times, a student who attended
the session declared out of bounds for the media, said.

Noting that the only way to clean a river is to put fresh
water into it, he said youth can give a fresh lease of life to
politics.

However, he said people should join politics after
getting elected and not by virtue of the clan they are born
in.

Interacting with the students of CCSHAU at the closed
door Indira Gandhi Auditorium in Hissar, Gandhi exhorted the
youth to come forward and strengthen the country by purging
the political parties of corruption, a student present at the
session said.

Tight security arrangements were made for the Congress
leader at all the three places which were kept out of bounds
for the media.

Though the visit was peaceful in Hissar and Karnal, about
30 activists of Student Federation of India (SFI) and Indian
National Students Organization (INSO), the youth wing of
opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were rounded up at
one of the gates of Kurukshetra University as they shouted
slogans and tried to hold a rally on the campus.
When efforts to disperse them failed, they were detained
and let off after Rahul had left Kurukshetra for Karnal - his
next destination.

A report from Rewari in southern Haryana said some
activists of the ABVP, led by their unit chief Mahesh Katiwal,
burnt an effigy of the AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
outside the entrance of Ahir college.

Describing his interactive session with the university
students at Hisar as an exercise to "politicize" the student
community, they demanded that the young Congress leader should
do something about holding elections to college and university
students unions pending for 14 years in Haryana if he really
cared for students.

Congress MP and Union Minister Prithvi Raj Chauhan and
Minakshi Nath Ranjan, a senior NSUI leader were present with
Rahul during the closed-door sessions.

Unless the youth come forward, the country cannot be
strengthened, the Congress General Secretary said and appealed
to the youth to join the NSUI.

Rahul said the youth had an important role to play in the
development of the country because without their contribution,
the nation could not prosper.

PTI