GUWAHATI, Sept 23 � All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi today said that the construction of big dams in the North East is not �anti-people� and the concern of the common man is being given top priority.
Gandhi was responding to a question posed by a student during the interaction programmed organized at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati campus today.
Gandhi during his introductory speech also urged the youth population to play an active role in politics to ensure holistic development of the country.
Gandhi also stressed on the infrastructure growth of the region along with the rest of the country.
The interaction programme was participated by the students of IITG, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Gauhati University, JB Law College, Gauhati Commerce College and Handique Girls� College.
Gandhi was here on a day-long visit to the State where he had a series of interaction programmes with the students in Silchar, Dibrugarh before coming to IITG later in the evening.
The AICC general secretary during the 45-minute interaction programme was pitted against wide range of queries including brain drain in the North East and relevance of the quota system, besides others.
Earlier, tight security arrangement was put in place in and around the IITG concerning the arrival of the AICC general secretary.
Gandhi, who was accompanied by NSUI president, left for Delhi after the interaction programme.
Our Correspondent from Silchar adds: Rahul Gandhi , AICC, general secretary and MP visited Assam University here today amidst tight security. Meenakshi Natarajan , MP and Haidi Eden , NSUI National President were present in the meeting held on the occasion. Prof Tapodhir Bhattacharjee , VC, Assam University gave the welcome speech.
While addressing the students, the young Congress leader said that he recently visited Japan which is the 2nd most developed country in the world. That country is technologically sound because the youth of that country have come forwarded for the nation�s development. In the last 50 years there have been no train accidents in Japan because of vigilance by the youths.
Rahul Gandhi encouraged the students to join politics because they are the real future of the country . He said that the youths are living for the future and not for the past. He stressed on self assessment by the students and said that among the students to sitting in the meet some may be the best engineer , best doctor and even best politician of the county .
He expressed unhappiness over existing corruption in the nation, and felt that to eliminate this sort of system the young people are the only hope. One should not say that the system is dirty and sit back. He or she should come forward to solve the problem, Rahul added.