Change mindset, promote young leaders: Advani

June 21st, 2009 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Sunday asserted that the party’s leadership should shed its “train compartment mentality” and evolve a system to encourage young leaders.
Delivering the concluding address to the party’s two-day national executive meeting here, Advani said: “The party has to urgently evolve a system of encouraging younger leaders at all levels.

“But I have heard many young activists tell me that they are not given opportunity to serve the party more effectively,” said Advani, 81.

He lamented: “It is sad that a certain ‘train compartment mentality’ has got developed within the party, which makes those in leadership positions to ignore promising, talented and committed cadres who are standing ‘outside’ and waiting for the door to open.”

He said this had to change and the party must think into the future.

Advani said: “We must identify, train, groom and empower third, fourth and fifth generation of leaders in the BJP. Our leadership planning should take into account the party’s needs for the next twenty years.”

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