Monday, 24 December 2007

Youth League's allegation against DYFI


COOCH BEHAR, Dec. 24: Cooch Behar district unit of All India Youth League (AIYL) will organise a sit-in demonstration at the district youth welfare office on 10 January to stage protest against misappropriation of funds in the name of youth festival.


District AIYL secretary Mr Gopal Dey alleged that functioning of the youth welfare department is going on following the diktat of the CPI-M. The leaders of youth and student wings of the CPI-M – SFI and DYFI - are engaged in misappropriating of funds in the name of organising youth festivals. Not only the CPI-M affiliated organisations but also all youth organisations should get opportunities to participate in the festival. A certain political party should not be allowed to brandish its stick over others, he opined.


Denying the allegations raised by the AIYL, the district unit secretary of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) Mr Mahananda Saha said, "Our members participate in the youth festival following invitations made by the officials concerned. The AIYL are also invited but if they fail to participate the blame should not be passed on us." The allegation of involvement of DYFI members in misappropriation of funds is baseless and raised only to malign the image of DYFI and SFI, Mr Saha said.


Not only in youth welfare department, the CPI-M is controlling the functioning of police stations too. Practice of extortion is still going on uninterruptedly in Cooch Behar district, the AIYL leader alleged. The police must act impartially. "We are getting ready to organise massive movements against corruption of police and other social evils", Mr Dey declared.


The AIYL leader demanded that the Cooch Behar Airport should be named after the late Forward Bloc leader Kamal Guha and the Cooch Behar Stadium in the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. []

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