Interacting with students in Lucknow on Tuesday, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi strongly defended the UPA government on the issues of both rising prices and fighting corruption.
Asked by one of the 800-odd students how the Indira Gandhi government in the 1970s and 1980s had been more effective in controling inflation than the present government, he said: “It was a single party Congress government during the tenure of Indira Gandhi as prime minister. Now there are compulsions of a coalition government.”
On the role of youth in politics, Rahul said: “Only those having relatives in politics join politics. Political parties have not opened their doors. I want every young person to be involved in politics.”
"It’s not necessary to be active in politics. But youth should remain aware of it,” he added.
Asked if belonging to the Gandhi family helped his political career, and if he would have entered politics if he wasn’t a Gandhi, Rahul was frank. “Yes, I would have been in politics. But I am not sure if I would be in this position in the party.”
The 45-minute session was part of his two-day tour to reach out to the youth ahead of assembly elections due in UP in a little more than a year.