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Rahul’s youth brigade begins work at grassroot level

The Congress poll campaign in the state will formally begin in the first week of April. But Rahul Gandhi’s youth brigade has already taken up the task of ground-level mobilisation.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: March 28, 2009 5:18:33 am

The Congress poll campaign in the state will formally begin in the first week of April. But Rahul Gandhi’s youth brigade has already taken up the task of ground-level mobilisation.

Senior party leaders say this is the first time separate youth Congress committees are being formed at the grassroots level for campaigning.

The youth brigade has been asked to publicise the benefits from the three flagship UPA schemes — the farm loan waiver,National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme.

The idea is the brainchild Rahul Gandhi,AICC general secretary in charge of Youth Congress. “The youths have been put to work in constituencies where the party has declared its candidates. There are strict instructions that they have to live in villages and not in district party offices,” said Yogesh Dixit,chairman of the Youth Congress campaign committee. “We have also ensured that workers from one district work in another,so they are free from influences,” said the former state Youth Congress president,who is also the coordinator of the party’s zonal presidents.

On the directions of Rahul — who felt that the state was too big to have a single unit — the Youth Congress has been divided into four zones — each headed by a president. It was he who handpicked the zonal presidents and chalked out their responsibilities.

“We have been assured that in case of a problem,we can approach him directly,” said Pankaj Tiwari,president of the Central zone. While Tiwari is stationed in Lucknow,the western zone president has been stationed in Meerut,eastern zone president in Allahabad and Bundelkhand president at Jhansi.

Ten-member teams have been formed at the booth level in constituencies where the Congress has announced candidates. They will undertake door-to-door campaigning and organise at least four street-corner meetings in every block. There are campaign committees in district and Vidhan Sabha levels as well. The first will have 11 members in each unit,the other five. It will be the responsibility of assembly-level committees to assign tasks at the booth level.

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