IIM graduate turned politician urges youngsters to follow suit

April 16th, 2009 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party By Asit Srivastava
Lucknow, April 16 (IANS) Ranjan Choudhary left a plush office and well-paying corporate job in Australia to plunge into the heat and dust of the Indian political arena. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Mohanlalganj now wants other educated youths to do the same — to “change the political system”.

“Like me, more and more educated youths must join politics if they want to bring about the desired changes in the political system,” said Choudhary, who holds a postgraduate diploma in management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.

“I had never thought of becoming a politician. While in college, I aspired to be a corporate honcho. After completing my management studies I joined the Power Grid Corp and later opted to work for ANZ Bank in Melbourne,” Choudhary told IANS.

He also served as a visiting faculty member at Monash University in Melbourne. However, he wasn’t satisfied with his skills benefiting only a limited number of people in the corporate world.

“That is why I thought of joining politics to expand the ambit of my work,” said the 39-year-old.

Choudhary joined the Congress party in May 2004. “Like others, I had also heard a lot about the party’s youth face Rahul Gandhi, who attracted me towards the Congress.

“My role with the Congress was that of a political analyst. In close coordination with its leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, I used to devise an election strategy specifically for Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies,” he said.

However, after working for the Congress for some years, Choudhary felt the party was not as focussed on youth as he thought it was.

“I had very high hopes from Rahulji but I felt that my objective of youth empowerment stood defeated. So I made up my mind to leave it,” he said.

After deserting the Congress, Choudhary joined the BJP about eight months ago.

“It is a political outfit with a clear vision, especially with regard to issues other parties shy away from,” he said.

Choudhary said: “Though I belong to the political fraternity, I have no hesitation in accepting that politicians have lost the faith of the public. Politicians are not aware of the responsibility that come with the position they seek to acquire.”

If elected as an MP, he will focus on raising issues concerning his constituency.

“I would be participating a lot in the debates. I promise if elected I will be vociferous in raising issues of my constituency in parliament,” he said.

“Providing jobs, with a special focus on making youths self-reliant, is one of my top priorities. Health, education and police reforms are also my priorities,” he added.

(Asit Srivastava can be contacted at asit.s@ians.in)

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