GUWAHATI: A people’s government, which listens to the people and works for the people is what students of various universities are looking forward to this election. During a conversation with TOI, they appealed to the people of the state to establish a pro-Assam government this time, which can provide a constitutional safeguard to the state and its people.
Parshaw Patgiri, general secretary of the Gauhati University students’ union, said, “We need a government, which understands its responsibilities towards the greater Assamese community. The present government does not want to listen to the people. They did everything according to their wish. In a democracy, you need to listen to the people.”
“There are many important issues, including unemployment, education and price hike, which need to be addressed. We need leaders, who can raise these issues and find solutions to them. The voice of the people has to be taken into account,” Patgiri, who is a resident of Patacharkuchi constituency in lower Assam, said.
He further said that intolerance has grown in the state after the BJP came to power. “Assam is a state of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva and Ajan Pir. Unfortunately, we have seen growing intolerance over various issues, including CAA and NRC, since 2016. We do not want communal politics as it affects the entire society and slows down the pace of development,” he added.
“Corruption has not gone down in the state even though the saffron party formed the government on the policy of ‘zero tolerance towards corruption’. Take different recruitment exams, including the Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited and Panchayat & Rural Development department. Everywhere, there is corruption,” he said.
Ibrahim Khalil, a student of Cotton University and a resident of Gauhati East constituency, said, “We do not want a government which goes against the Constitution, which goes against the historic 1985 Assam Accord. We do not want a government which does not heed the voice of the people. We need a government which can have a specific and constructive plan to solve the core issues so that people of all sections can live with dignity.”
He said he is optimistic that the people will definitely elect deserving candidates.