Youth Will be the Focus: Rahul - The New Indian Express

Youth Will be the Focus: Rahul

Published: 12th January 2014 09:27 AM

Last Updated: 12th January 2014 09:27 AM

AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi wants to emulate some aspects of the Aam Aadmi Party  — such as its policy on selection of candidates — but believes that the party is short-sighted.

 At an interactive session “Your Voice, Our Pledge”, organised by the National Students Union of India, he said the Congress had started adopting more democratic procedures in electing its office-bearers. “We need to get public opinion on the shortlisted candidates,” Rahul is said to have told the gathering.

About 250 young people from across the country had gathered at the Palace Grounds to interact with him. “The AAP experiment is already a failure. Being in activism is different from being in governance,” he was quoted as saying. He accused the AAP of backtracking on its promises.

Without directly referring to the BJP or Narendra Modi, Rahul said one party was solely dependent on an individual and had nothing else to show.

“On the other hand, the Congress has kept its promises, and achieved success. There are a few failures, too,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi promised to draft a youth-oriented manifesto, and promote job-oriented primary and higher education.

One of the guests at the event, UIDAI chairperson Nandan Nilekani, fired his first political salvo against the AAP. “It is a temporary phenomenon. They are looking at temporary solutions like providing free water and reduced power tariff,” he said.

Sonia, a rape and acid attack victim from Jharkhand, asked why people accused of rape and acid attacks were given bail.

“Those who attacked me are roaming free whereas I continue to suffer,” she said.

Moved by her plight, Rahul said his manifesto would promise to make rape and acid attacks non-bailable offences. “If we come to power, we will keep our promise,” he assured Sonia. 

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