Rahul favours changing way politics is conducted in IndiaApril 17th, 2009 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, April 17 (IANS) Congress star campaigner and general secretary Rahul Gandhi late Friday said the way politics was being conducted had to be changed for the betterment of the country.
“If we have to change things for the betterment of the country, we have to change the way politics of this country works. It is only the young people who can bring about that change,” Gandhi said at an election meeting in this IT hub of the country.
As general secretary of the party’s youth wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Gandhi said he would ensure that as many young people joined politics to bring about the change required for the future of the country.
“For me, as general secretary of the Congress and NSUI, my job is to ensure as many young people as possible join politics to change the politics of the country. And that is the job I will do with all my heart,” Gandhi told a gathering of about 15,000 people at the National College grounds, campaigning for the party’s candidates in thr city.
The three parliamentary constituencies of Bangalore North, South and Central are going to polls April 23 along with Bangalore Rural and 13 other constituencies across the state. The remaining 11 of the 28 constituencies will go to polls April 30.
The party has fielded Krishna Byre Gowda, a young legislative member, from the prestigious Bangalore South constituency to take on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar, contesting for the fifth consecutive time to retain the seat.
Senior party leader and former railways minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief is contesting from Bangalore North. Former city police commissioner and sitting Parliament member H.T. Sangliana, who defected from the BJP to the Congress, has been fielded from the newly constituted Bangalore Central seat.
The party’s sitting MP Tejeswani Gowda is contesting from Bangalore Rural against Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) state president and former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who is also a legislative member from the Ramanagaram assembly segment in the constituency.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi addressed three election meetings across the state at Gulbarga in north Karnataka, Chitradurga in central Karnataka and Devanahalli on the outskirts of the city in Bangalore Rural district.
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