Shillong: Congress general secretary Rahul
Gandhi on Wednesday said to remove corruption, the political system
in the country should give a "strong voice" to the people.
"To remove corruption, the political system in the
country should give a strong voice to the people. Therefore,
organisations like the Youth Congress should open their doors
to the common man," Gandhi said addressing a Youth Congress
membership drive rally at Ampati, the home constituency of
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
He said the change in the structure of the Youth
Congress from nominated members to elected members will give
an opportunity for youngsters to participate in politics at
the Centre and fight elections.
Asking youths to participate in central level politics,
he insisted that "if you have a voice at the Centre, it will
speed-up development in your state."
"Today there is a tendency to look to modernity and
technology. Technology will move our country in the 21st
century. For this, we need new ideas, new thinking," he said
at the 40-minute rally which was attended by Chief Minister
Mukul Sangma, CWC member in charge of Meghalaya Dhaniram
Shandil and AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna.
Gandhi went on to praise the traditional institutions
and said traditional ideas will also help the country move
"There is a lot to learn from traditional
institutions...Traditional ideas can take the country forward
in the 21st century. For the Congress, every part of the
country is important. Every part has something to give to the
country," Gandhi said.
Gandhi also lauded the matrilineal society in Meghalaya
and said "the pro-active role played by the women in Meghalaya
has set an example for the whole country."