DARBHANGA — Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Bihar widely dubbed as an exercise to test the waters, had to leave Darbhanga after students of Lalit Narayan Mithila University got agitated over his Gujarat remarks.
Apparently to woo Muslim students, the son of Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly said, “India can change only if Gujarat changed first.”
The students created ruckus accusing the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family of doing politics in university campus. They asked him to abstain from making political utterances and that the campus was not a platform for such meetings.
“Hamare professor sahab bol rahe the ki political baat nahi honi chahiye university mein to fir aap Gujarat wala baat yahan kyon bol rahe hain. Kendra mein Congress ki sarkaar hai. Maharashtra meh Congress ki sarkar hai.. phir bhi Bihariyon ko wahan peeta jaata hai… aap kya karte hain Bihari students ke liye,” shouted the agitated students for using the university campus for political utterances.
(There is Congress government in Maharashtra and you also have the government at Centre, but why do you keep your mouth shut when Biharis are beaten in Bombay)Students
“Don’t ever come to Bihar to play your cheap and hypocritical politics,” they heckled Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi had to apologise as Congress leaders present at the venue failed to calm down the angry students.
He, finally, had to leave the campus as students refused to listen to him and started throwing chairs at the venue.
Gandhi, who is expected to address more youth meetings in the state to galvanize party workers ahead of the polls, said,”Congress will contest on its own in the Assembly elections.”
Later, he is expected to visit Bodh Gaya to meet Dalit youth. In the evening, Gandhi will visit Patna to meet Congress leaders at the party headquarters Sadaquat Ashram.
He will interact with girl students at a college in the city. With the Youth Congress having launched a membership drive on January 12, Gandhi will interact with potential candidates at several places.
The Congress managed to win only two out of Bihar’s 40 parliamentary seats in last year’s general election.