Members to be elected to party posts to encourage youth: Rahul

Hinting at a change in the usual practice of nominating office bearers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the party would now elect its leaders to encourage the youth to take up various posts.

Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

Gurgaon: Hinting at a change in the usual
practice of nominating office bearers, Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday said the party would now elect its leaders to
encourage the youth to take up various posts.

"From now on, the party`s office bearers would not be
nominated as was done in the past. All rank leaders would be
elected by respective members of the Congress," he said,
speaking at an interaction with youth here.
Addressing the gathering of 5,000 people, most youngsters,
he said, "The oldest political party in the country can grow
more if the experience and knowledge of a senior and old
leader like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are merged with the
zeal and energy of the youth."

Citing the example of Kerala where the Assembly elections
were held on April 13, Gandhi said, "Out of the total seats in
the Assembly in Kerala, 20 youth are in the fray on Congress
ticket."

The AICC General Secretary asked the youth to actively
participate in the process of nation building by helping
senior leaders in knowing the problems of their areas.

"The youth should keep a close watch on their (residential)
areas and submit systematic presentations to their senior
leaders on the problems affecting their areas," he said.

"Their specific problems and issues would be taken on
priority basis by the party," Gandhi said.

The Congress leader said Haryana was more developed than
many states in the country, especially Uttar Pradesh and
Bihar.
"If you want to see what real shortage of electricity is,
you should visit Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Haryana is much
better," he told the gathering.

PTI