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Congress looks to rope in youth

In a bid to attract youngsters to the fold of the Youth Congress,the Congress party has organized a two day talent hunt programme in the capital of Uttarakhand.

In a bid to attract youngsters to the fold of the Youth Congress,the Congress party has organized a two day talent hunt programme in the capital of Uttarakhand.

Central leaders of the party including former union minister Jagdish Tytler,emerging leaders in the party like Jitinder Singh,Deepinder Hooda and the Youth Congress President Ashok Tanwar interviewed youngsters coming from various parts of the state.

“The purpose of the exercise started by Rahul Gandhi is to draw educated and talented youth of the country towards politics. We are choosing the potential and not the leaders,” said Tytler. After the pilot project of reviving the students’ wing of the party NSUI in Punjab and Uttarakhand,the Congress has started a drive to enroll youngsters in its youth wing.

“We are going very strict on age and have placed the upper limit at 35 years for those wanting to join the Youth Congress and I must say there is tremendous talent in Uttarakhand,” he added. Jitinder Singh explained that the exercise is being conducted in two phases,the first involving talent hunt and the second would be holding of elections in the Youth Congress. “The performance of the youngsters joining the party would be evaluated. We will see that the voluntary ethics code adopted by the members is being adhered to by them or not. The ethics code could have things like not taking dowry etc. it will not be imposed and will vary from state to state,” he pointed.

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Tytler said that the talent being sought for includes things like variety and quality of experience,vision for self and the party,body language,determination to work,leadership quality and communication skills.

When asked about the very little presence of women from the programme,he said,” We are aware of this and are drawing up a plan to encourage more participation of women.”

Ashok Tanwar explained that the aim is to provide an entry point to politics for the capable youth of the country. He said the exercise is being conducted across the nation on the directions of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi.


Those who had come for enrolment in the Youth Congress said that the party’s history and the platform being provided to the youth by the party have drawn them to join it. Yuvraj Saharan,a youngster from Bengal who is currently working in the social sector in Uttar Kashi,said,” Congress is a national party in actual sense. I was drawn towards joining it when the home minister P.Chidambaram during an interaction with the students at London School of Economics (LSE) accepted that the level of politics was deteriorating but said that it would improve if the educated youth entered it.” Saharan did graduation in political science from an American University and went on to join the LSE for his masters.

First published on: 15-06-2009 at 05:11:41 pm
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