Catch 'em young is the mantra at Cong Plenary
New Delhi: 'Go Young' seems to be the
Congress mantra for future with calls at the AICC plenary for
Rahul Gandhi to put in place his own team and the political
resolution making a strong pitch for greater inclusion of
youth in leadership.
"Now the time has come. Rajiv Gandhi had made me and
Ahmed Patel state congress Presidents when we were 36-37 years
old. Now, our expiry date is nearing. I am confident Rahul
Gandhi will make his own team," remarked senior party leader
Digvijay Singh, which in effect means favouring bringing in a
new generation of leadership.
The party's political resolution also spoke on similar
lines underlining that the Congress believes "it is only by
including the youth in our electoral politics that we can
provide India with the necessary leadership in future".
The changes being sought in the leadership positions have
come at a time when India is the youngest nation in the world
with more than half of its population being below 35.
The resolution says, "It is vital that our political
system is representative of the demographic profile of our
nation and of the dreams and hopes of millions of young
The remarks and the resolutions assume significance as
40-year-old Rahul is being projected as the future leader and
a potential Prime Minister by the party.
Singh's comment also comes at a time when Congress
President Sonia Gandhi was going into the issue of
re-constituting the Congress Working Committee, the apex
decision making body of the party which has 23 members besides
her and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
There have been suggestions from the AICC that the new
CWC will have some new faces too in tune with the demographic
profile of the country and taking into account the aspirations
of all age groups.
A section of the party believes that the Congress
President will undertake a major overhaul of the AICC
secretariat following her re-election as party chief for the
fourth consecutive term, making her the longest-serving
Gandhi, in her address to the Congress Plenary, also gave
indications of greater representation to youth in the party.
"Grand Old Party, the Congress may be but it must be more
than a party of age and experience. It must also be a party of
youthful energy and vitality," she said welcoming the entry of
more and more young people in the party's ranks.
The Congress President also spoke of holding study camp
like Pachmarhi and Shimla conclaves noting that "it will be an
occasion to hear the voices of our colleagues, particularly
younger ones, to bring new energy to our thinking."