Dibrugarh University union threatens to boycott Rahul`s visit

AICC leader Rahul Gandhi will interact with students during a one-day visit to Assam tomorrow but members of the PG Students Union of Dibrugarh University have threatened to boycott his visit.

Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 01:26 AM IST

Guwahati/Dibrugarh: AICC leader Rahul
Gandhi will interact with students during a one-day visit to
Assam tomorrow 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.

-PTI