Rahul on family politics, connections

Citing his own example, Rahul Gandhi says that without political ties or connections one cannot aspire to enter Indian politics but he wants an end to this phenomenon.

Kolkata: Citing his own example, Rahul Gandhi says that without political ties or connections one cannot aspire to enter Indian politics but he wants an end to
this phenomenon.

"If you don`t have a name, connections and friends at
the proper places, you cannot come in," Gandhi told a press
conference here today.

"Main uska udaharan hun, keh chuka hun, bahut bar keh
chuka hun
, (I am an example of it, I have said this many
times)," he said.

Stating that the political hierarchy moved from top to
bottom and was closed, Gandhi said "this structural problem
has to be corrected.

"The membership drive is only a part of the whole
process. After the drive we will guarantee free and fair
elections. There will be no nomination or quota," he said.

Stating that the young comprising 70 per cent of India
was not in politics, he said "I have been given responsibility
of the youth Congress and NSUI with the objective to bring the
youth into politics."

The effect of his countrywide drive which has already
covered ten states, Gandhi said, would be visible within five
or six years.

Stating that the Opposition had earlier been sceptical
about the success of his drive, he said they have now stopped
making a mention of this after seeing its effect.

"In Tamil Nadu, we had 35,000 youth members, but after
the drive was taken up it has risen to 14.5 lakhs," he said.

Asked whether he would take the drive to Jammu and
Kashmir, which is facing unrest in the Valley, Gandhi said "I
will go to Jammu and Kashmir when the drive goes there.

"We need to bring the youth of Kashmir into the
political system," Gandhi said.

PTI

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