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Rahul Gandhis talent hunt is going national. The AICC general secretary is taking his exercise to enrol fresh blood into the party from a few state capitals to about 800 organisational districts across the country.
At the completion of this programme,expected by the year-end,the Congress hopes to have a new,young crop of leaders down to the grassroots levels. This will truly represent a generational change in the party,not limited to the leadership level only,say Indian Youth Congress (IYC) leaders.
Besides,the five-member search teams for each state which will hunt for talent in every district will comprise at least two non-political members. They may be drawn from fields as diverse as academics and management. The other three members will be the president of the state unit of the Youth Congress and two IYC office-bearers.
The exercise has already begun in Uttar Pradesh a state Rahul is keen on winning back for the Congress providing a blueprint for what the Congress leader has in mind.
The state has been split into four zones,with a Youth Congress president appointed for each zone.
The problems facing students,farmers and other sections of the society in each of these four zones have been identified,and the IYC will soon hold agitations on issues like the NREGA and RTI and on the state governments failures here.
Apparently to ensure that there are no factional feuds and leadership tussles at the local level,three IYC national office-bearers one each from Haryana,Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been given the task of looking after Uttar Pradesh affairs.
Asked about the nationwide Talent Search programme,AICC Secretary in charge of IYC Bhanwar Jitendra Singh said: This is aimed at spotting talent in every district of the country. It will not only help us find new people,but also check the performance of existing organisations.
With Rahul keen to expedite the process of organisational elections in different states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are said to be next on the agenda after Tamil Nadu those picked up are likely to occupy prominent posts.