Young Samajwadi Party workers will do better to shun designer watches, jewellery and flamboyant attire if they wish to bag top posts in the party’s frontal organisations.
Following the party’s poor show in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has dispatched his emissaries to interview aspiring youngsters for the district units of SP’s frontal organisations. The move is a shift from the earlier system where office-bearers for the party’s four youth outfits—Lohia Vahini, Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade, Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha and Yuvjan Sabha were appointed on recommendations of senior leaders.
The state presidents of the four outfits—Mohammad Ebad, Atul Pradhan, Brijesh Yadav and Pradeep Tiwari — have been asked to visit each district to interview and shortlist young workers aspiring for district-level posts. Though interviews are being held for the president’s posts, deserving youths will be deputed in other positions.
State president of Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade Mohammad Ebad said the exercise was aimed at revamping the party’s youth fronts. “Many aspirants who turned up for the interviews wore heavy gold chains and sported long hair. Our CM discourages such conduct,” said Ebad, who is currently conducting the screening in Kannauj. He added that he had already held interviews in eight districts.
When asked what would help aspirants score higher in the interviews, Ebad said: “We are looking for youths who are aware of our government’s welfare schemes. We ask candidates about the role they have played in taking the benefits of Samajwadi Pension Scheme and CM’s relief fund to the needy ones,” Ebad said.
He added that the youths were asked whether they had donated blood or reached out to the masses during an emergency. “This apart, the workers are quizzed regarding socialist ideologue Dr Lohia and SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav. Their contribution towards the party and their role in mobilising support was also taken into account, he added.
State president of Chhatra Sabha Atul Pradhan, who is currently conducting interviews in Moradabad, said: “Those seeking posts in Chhatra Sabha are asked about the number of colleges and students in their district. Likewise, someone aspiring for a post in Lohia Vahini should know about Dr Lohia and his ideology,” said Atul Pradhan who is state president of Chhatra Sabha and is interviewing the candidates currently in Moradabad.
Names of shortlisted candidates will be submitted to CM Akhilesh Yadav, who will take the final call. On an average, there are atleast 125 aspirants for the four posts of frontal organisations in every district.