Nagercoil (TN): On a mission
to revive Congress in Tamil Nadu, AICC General Secretary Rahul
Gandhi today interacted with various sections of people at
inquiring about their living conditions among other things and
exhorting youth to join politics to make their voices heard.
On the first day of his three-day visit to the state,
seen by many as an UP-style effort to galvanise the party
which is out of power since 1967 yielding ground to Dravidian
parties, he interacted with a group of fishermen in Nagercoil
town and women and Youth Congress workers in Tirunelveli.
Addressing about 1,500 members of the fishermen
community, including 200 women, Rahul promised to take up
their woes with the Centre.
According to the participants, a host of issues,
ranging from tax concessions to possibility of setting up a
separate Union Fisheries Ministry were placed before him.
"Do you think that all your problems could be solved
with the formation of a separate ministry ?" Rahul asked them.
At Tirunelveli, Gandhi heard a barrage of complaints
from Youth Congress members who en masse alleged step-motherly
treatment by Congress, alienating them from the party.
He was flooded with complaints of factionalism and
unqualified persons cornering party posts, party sources said.
Pacifying them, Gandhi said to revitalise the party
"we have decided to enroll youngsters and hold organisational
polls to youth wing." Office-bearers would have only a two
year tenure and only staunch party workers will be given
posts, he was quoted as saying.