Denial of ticket: NSUI leaders tender resignation en masse

NSUI State General Secretary Roopesh Rai speaks to mediapersons in Mangaluru on Wednesday.

After the resignation of Youth Congress members, on Wednesday, it was the turn of NSUI members to express their solidarity with Youth Congress District President Mithun Rai who was denied ticket by AICC to contest in the Assembly elections.

The decision of AICC not to issue a ticket to Mithun Rai for the Mulki-Moodbidri seat has drawn flak and NSUI office-bearers of Dakshina Kannada district along with office-bearers of six NSUI units in colleges tendered their resignation en masse to the District Congress Committee.

Speaking to reporters, NSUI State General Secretary Roopesh Rai said “Mithun Rai had supported us throughout. Today if the Youth Congress has a strong base in entire Dakshina Kannada district, it is because of an able leader like Mithun Rai. He has helped NSUI to grow and flourish in the district. Rai has been our role model and he is the only person who stood by the students during the time of crisis.”

Stating that NSUI has been saddened to know that a leader who started his career from NSUI has been denied ticket to contest in the upcoming Assembly election, Rai said that giving a ticket to Mithun Rai would be a representation to youth in the Karnataka Assembly. He appealed to the party high command to reconsider the decision.

“We only expected that Mithun Rai would be given the ticket. We will abide by the decisions taken by Mithun Rai,” Rai added.

In reply to a query on whether mass resignations will amount to anti-party activities, he said, “We have only decided to tender our resignation from the post of NSUI and stand by Mithun Rai. We will continue to work for the party as party workers. All efforts to reach out to Rai failed after he was denied the ticket.”

A total of 70 to 80 members tendered their resignation, he said.

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