Gadchiroli: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday indicated major changes in the
organisational set up of the Youth Congress and party`s
frontal students` wing NSUI saying office-bearers would hence
forth be elected directly by members of these organisations.
Addressing a `Adiwasi Melawa` (tribal youth meet) in this
naxal-infested district in Eastern Vidarbha, Gandhi said the
previous practice of nominating leaders (presidents) of these
two organisations will be done away with, and now onwards, the
members will elect their own leader.
"I will not select your leader...But you will have to
elect your own leader and we are not bothered about his family
background but surely, will depend on his personality and
capabilities," Gandhi told the tribal youths amidst tight
security arrangements at the meet held in a specially erected
Gandhi felt that tribals today are not visible on the
national platform and are confined to mostly district-level
positions and a handful at the state-level, and hence changes
are required in the set up.
"I want to bring changes in the lives of tribals in the
country and want to see them play a bigger role on the
national level in these two organisations," he said.
Virtually launching a membership drive of the Youth
Congress in Maharashtra from this backward region, Gandhi
called on youngsters to enroll themselves in large numbers in
the National Students` Union of India (NSUI) and Youth
Congress to strengthen them.
He also interacted with a couple of youth activists, and
answered their queries. He directed them to forward their
grievances and problems if any, to state chief ministers.