New Delhi: Holding that the "biggest
corruption" was within the country`s political system, Rahul
Gandhi on Monday made a passionate plea to youths to take a plunge
into politics to clean the system and eradicate the menace.
Addressing the first-of-its-kind convention of Youth
Congress delegates from across the country, Gandhi said only
the entry of more youths into the country`s political system
can remove corruption from it.
"People in this country talk about corruption. But the
biggest corruption is within the political system. That can be
eradicated only if more and more youths join the political
system," he told over 8,000 democratically-elected office
bearers of the Indian Youth Congress here.
Gandhi, the General Secretary in-charge of Youth
Congress, also exhorted the office bearers to reach out to the
poor and under-privileged sections of the society and work for
"Go to the poor, under privileged and others. Reach out
to them. Hold their hands and get to know their problems. Then
fight for them. Only if poor people get good quality of life,
then the country can progress," he said.
He also claimed that Congress was the first party to
usher in democracy in Youth wing through which over 1 crore
people have joined the organisation after due checks.
"We have over 1 crore young people with us in the Youth
Wing. The Congress` youth wing is the largest in the country.
We have achieved this in the past three years. All of you have
been elected by your own cadres. No one jumped to this
position because you were related to some politician," he
Rahul also said that other political parties in the
country have not yet understood why Youth Congress was
different from their youth wings.
"One thing that other parties fail to understand is that
we are unique. Youth Congress reflects voices that are
democratically-elected. I did not elect you people. All of you
are here because of your merit," he told the delegates.
"Youth Congress is the future," he said.
The young Congress leader said the since the Youth
Congress has created a system, its office-bearers should go
and connect with people and their problems.
"You people are the representatives of 1 crore Youth
Congress workers across the country. You should go to the
poor, talk to them and listen to their problems," he said.
The convention will also be addressed by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi tomorrow.