Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday exhorted the college-going youth to take part in active politics,but warned against lobbying for securing party position or posts.
I want to see people who would work by making use of the limited resources that we have. I hate lobbyists and I dont want people who show off as to how much and what they are doing, Mamata said in an oblique reference to those who have already started looking for TMC ticket for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a rally of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad,the TMCs student wing,at Mayo Road,Mamata she would not tolerate vandalism and indiscipline and urged the students not to fall in trap set up by the opposition parties.
Dont get into the trap set by the Congress,CPM and BJP. You may get charged up when it comes to protecting someones right but,I dont like unnecessary violence and damaging of public property. You must learn to respect the female students, she said,adding that some elements in connivance with a section of media were plotting against the TMCP.
There would be people who would take your picture on mobiles or even superimpose those. TV channels in their race to put up a breaking news would televise those adding a lot of spice, she said.
The chief minister said she had begun her political career with the Chhatra Parishad,the students wing of the Congress,but said she left it because she realised what was right and what was wrong.
Mamata said she knew that not all her decisions were hundred cent correct but claimed that 98 per cent were.
Stating that the politics required a generational shift,Mamata exhorted the students to take up politics for social reform and create jobs for hundreds of people. The choice is yours,whether you want to benefit your own self only or work for the society at large. We have managed to drive away the CPM after 34 years. In future,we will also change the worthless government at the Centre, she said,adding that the TMC will conduct a leadership training programme for those aspiring to be politicians.
She also asked the students to register their names with the state employment bank and added that from next year onwards,75 per cent of the jobs generated in the government sector would be filled up by candidates taken from the employment bank.
Indicating that her government would lift the ban on campus elections,she said the election would be conducted at one district at a time.