Dibrugarh, Sept. 23: AICC general secretary visited Dibrugarh University here this afternoon for an interactive session with the students.
The university’s students were protesting against Rahul’s visit for several reasons because he is a Congressman, the university’s administration had not formally informed them about his visit and because he had accepted the invitation of vice-chancellor Kandarpa Kumar Deka, against whom the students have been agitating.
As Rahul, clad in a checked shirt and blue jeans, delivered his lecture inside the auditorium, the police and personnel from the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) maintained a hawk’s eye on the protesters.
In the morning, Rahul interacted with students at the Netaji Subhash Manch auditorium of Assam University at Dargakona, 25 km south of Silchar. He shared the dais with Youth Congress leader Meenakshi Natarajan and university vice-chancellor Tapodhir Bhattacharjee.
Addressing the students, Rahul said they should cash in on the fact that India was a young nation. We live for the future. We are young, he said, asking the students to take a more proactive role in nation-building. Speaking about the , filth in the system and body politics, he admitted, “even I am not happy with our political system, but it must be cleaned, and cleaned by you.”
After the hour long session, Rahul boarded his chopper for Dibrugarh. He next visited IIT Guwahati for 10 minutes and answered the students questions on big dams, why the system in the country does not work properly and reservation issues, among others.,
Rahul Gandhi will pay a one-day visit to Assam on Thursday during which he will interact with the students of IIT-Guwahati and Assam Central University.
Gandhi is expected to arrive around 10:30 a.m. at Silchar and fly by a chopper to the university campus, where he would interact for about an hour with around 250 students of the varsity and the students of 12 other local colleges before flying to Guwahati.
He would return to Delhi the same day.
It has been reported that the National Security Guard (NSG) personnel have arrived at both the venues to ensure that the security arrangements are in place.
NSUI President Hiddi Eden would accompany Gandhi during his visit.