Orai/Hamirpur: Congress will reward
workers who have risen from the grassroots with senior posts
at the state and national levels, party General Secretary
Rahul Gandhi on Friday said.
"Workers who have calibre will be given a chance to rise
instead of those who have came directly," he told a meeting of
party workers at Banshidhar college in Orai.
He said only those who had experience at the ground level
would be given higher posts.
"Common workers in the field will be given preference in
the party organsiation. Those who are contributing to
increasing base of the party at the booth level will also be
given priority in ticket distribution for Assembly and Lok
Sabha polls," he said.
Gandhi said earlier workers used to work at the ground
level but relatives of some big leaders elbowed them out to
grab important posts. "But, it will not happen now," he said,
adding those who will work will be given party posts.
At the same time he took pot shots at both the ruling BSP
and main opposition SP saying in these parties only one leader
has the power to take all decisions. This is not the case with
Congress, he said.
Referring to Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly elections are
due early next year, Gandhi said youths from the state had to
go to Maharashtra, Punjab and South India in search of jobs as
employment was not available in their state.
"The situation in UP is not good. Roads are in a pitiable
condition, power generation is half what it was in 1990,"
Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Bundelkhand region, said.
As the district administration denied permission to the
Congress for landing of helicopter in the police line
premises, the Congress leader reached here from Hamirpur by
City Magistrate Indra Pal Uttam said permission was not
given as Gandhi was on a political visit.
In Hamirpur, Gandhi urged youths to actively participate
in politics as they could change the political scenario with
He said Congress would not give tickets to those who do
not have a base among the people of a particular area.
During his hour-long interaction with youths, he asked
them to reach out to the grassroots level and propagate
welfare schemes of the UPA government.
Earlier, Congress leader Dijvijay Singh urged partymen to
be prepared for a decisive battle to uproot the "corrupt"
Mayawati government in the state.