Rahul Gandhi takes centre stage at AICC meet

November 17th, 2007 - 8:07 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Taking centre stage at Saturday’s All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting here, Congress MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi, in his first speech, urged the youth of India to join the party and take the nation forward.
Gandhi, who recently became a general secretary of the party, delivered a short and focussed speech that impressed many senior party leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
“The true realisation of India’s power lies in igniting the fire of ambition of our aspiring Indians. It is we, ‘the youth’, who have the greatest stake in our future. It is from among the youth that tomorrow’s leader will rise,” Rahul said amidst applause.
He said that the Congress party should do two things to make it an organisation that represents the youth of the country in true sense.
The first is to build an organisation that is open and relevant to a broad range of Indians who believe in our values and seek to serve the nation. The second is to build a meritocratic organisation. Young people bring tremendous passion and energy into our organisation. We must see to it that they are accountable. It is our duty to ensure that their progress is linked to their performance,” he said.
The 37-year-old leader also stressed on the need for giving attention to the poor and underprivileged sections of the country by creating opportunities for them.
”We also need to connect India intellectually through literacy, education and training. Finally, we need to connect India economically through the creation of jobs and livelihood,” he added.
He urged his party men to have faith in him and promised, “‘I won’t let you down.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Rahul for taking the initiative in extending the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to all parts of the country.
”I am confident that the young leaders of the Congress party like Rahul Gandhi can win the minds and affections of our youth and take the party and the nation to new frontiers and new heights of glory,” Singh said. (ANI)

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