Guwahati, Nov. 9: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has demanded Congress tickets for younger candidates in the upcoming panchayat and town committee polls in Assam.
Addressing a news conference here today, NSUI state unit president Partha Pratim Bora said they have urged the party leadership to field at least 30 to 40 per cent young candidates in the upcoming panchayat and town committee elections.
The demand was in conformity with the views of Rahul Gandhi, who wants young blood in politics.
Bora said of 189 colleges in the state where elections to the students’ unions were held, the NSUI candidates have won in 151 colleges.
Bora said barring Dibrugarh University, the NSUI performed brilliantly in the students’ union elections of Gauhati and Silchar universities. “Our candidates have won in almost all the important posts of the Post-Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) of Gauhati University,” he said.
Bora denied reports that the newly elected general secretary of PGSU, Sanju Baruah, won the election with AASU’s support. “The question of AASU supporting Baruah does not arise since he was the general secretary of the NSUI’s Sonitpur district.”
The NSUI president, however, conceded that they fared poorly in the students’ union elections of Dibrugarh University because of organisational weaknesses and internal problems. “As the state president of NSUI, I take responsibility for our defeat in the students’ union elections of Dibrugarh University.”
Bora also announced that the general secretary of B. Borooah College, Rajdeep Gogoi, has joined the NSUI.
Gogoi had won the election as an Independent candidate.