Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's single-minded dedication to strengthen the party's youth wing has worked. Early this month, the Youth Congress membership crossed the magical figure of one crore, making it the first political organisation in the world to have such large following among the youth.
It took the Youth Congress about three years to achieve this milestone. Gandhi initiated democratisation process in the party's youth wing in 2008 with first-ever organisational polls in Punjab.
"Thanks to Rahulji, we are today the only organisation in the world to have more than one crore members….His magic has worked," Youth Congress president Rajeev Satav told HT.
According to figures available with HT, the current membership of the Youth Congress stands at 1,08,19,623. Out of these, 87,42,081 are men and 20,77,542 women. Maharashtra topped the list with more than 16 lakh members followed by Tamil Nadu with about 14 lakh and Madhya Pradesh with around 10 lakh.
But, the Youth Congress could enroll only 5,671 members in Daman and Diu. Chandigarh with 18,894 and Puducherry with 74,399 were the other rough patches.
The organisation failed to make a significant mark in Delhi and Mumbai as it managed to enroll only 3 lakh members in each metro.
With the announcement of membership drive in Andhra Pradesh, the Youth Congress will soon complete the first cycle of transformation in all the state units.
"It was Rahulji's determination to leave no stone unturned to democratise the institution and not to leave a single youth untouched by its transformation drive," a Youth Congress functionary, said. "Over the years, the Youth Congress has penetrated deep into the forests of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, reached out to youth from tribal communities ...."