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Crack widens in AKRSU

Kokrajhar, Jan. 29: Crisis has deepened in the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) with leaders of the community blaming one another of playing politics.

Talking to reporters at the union’s office in Kaliphukri, on the outskirts of this town, today, its president Hiteswar Barman accused former president Biswajit Ray of “trying to divide the union for political gains”.

“He is a dalal (broker) of political parties and is trying to create factions in the students’ union for personal gains,” Barman said.

“He used to take money from parties or leaders before elections while he was president of the student union. He used the union for his personal interest. He did no development and welfare work for the community during his 10-year tenure as president of AKRSU,” he alleged.

“The man who was collectively involved in uniting the factions last year at the Bongaigaon session, is today trying to divide the union by spreading false propaganda,” he said.

The AKRSU, which was united last year after a split in 1997, again got fragmented into two groups a few days back following infighting among its leaders.

One camp is led by Biswajit Ray, who has been elected its president. Pradip Ray is the secretary of this group.

Barman, who claims to have the support of the majority of district committees, leads the other faction.

Ray said the present committee was ousted after a no-confidence motion was brought against it and a new committee was formed.

“The faction headed by Hitesh Barman has no existence and anyone who tries to use AKRSU’s name will, henceforth, have to face legal action,” Ray said.

Barman said there was no division in the students’ union which was formed through a collective effort last year after a mass convention and it would work for the development and uplift of the community in future.

“Biswajit Ray is the self-proclaimed leader of a faction. If he has mass support or an organisational base, he can show his existence in the organisation,” Barman said.

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