Youth Grill Rahul Gandhi for Over 2 Hours - The New Indian Express

Youth Grill Rahul Gandhi for Over 2 Hours

Published: 12th January 2014 08:51 AM

Last Updated: 12th January 2014 07:50 PM

More than 200 students and young achievers from across 29 states participated in an ideas session with AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Bangalore on Saturday.

The event was called ‘Your Voice, Our Pledge’, and took place on Palace Grounds.

Rahul, who was accompanied by a convoy of 29 vehicles, spent more than two hours with young people from Karnataka, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, UP, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi. The participants spoke about various issues.

Aamer Javeed, National Secretary, National Students Union of India (NSUI), told Express his organisation had handpicked 225 young people for the interaction. About 30 were from Karnataka.

“We made sure they were non-political. We wanted their views and opinions to prepare a manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

Arvind Jain, a Bangalore-based techie, was excited to see national leaders. “It is good that they chose us for our opinion. But some of us felt it was more of a grievance meet than an interactive session,” he told Express.

Basanti, a soft skill trainer from Bangalore, said, “When they invited us, I thought they would use us for their agenda. Instead, they wanted us to speak,” she said.

However, she was skeptical any suggestion would be considered seriously. She personally wanted regulation of the employment policies of multi-national companies.

“They hire and fire as they please,” she said.

Anuttam Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, studying at Bentley University in the US, pitched for online voting.

“Many Indians study in universities across the world. Online voting will allow us to cast our votes,” he said.

Saumya Soman, studying BA in Psychology at Christ University, Bangalore, said  “We have urged protection for women and transgenders against sexual abuse. We have also asked for a child abuse monitoring committee in each school.”

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