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Congress turns to call centres

india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 00:40 IST
B.R. Srikanth
B.R. Srikanth
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This hub of call centres has a unique addition: One where executives help you register as a member of Youth Congress.

The state unit of Indian Youth Congress has launched the call centre route to enroll new members on the eve of Rahul Gandhi's five-day tour of Karnataka beginning March 25. Calls or SMS to this centre would be followed up by executives who send out application forms and direct every caller to attend Gandhi’s rally in the state capital on March 29.

“We have callers from many northern districts like Raichur and Bijapur. You give us all the details and our colleagues will call you in a couple of days. Please come to the rally on March 29,” an executive at the call centre (080-40640640), told this correspondent.

In addition, membership forms will be handed out at Youth Congress rallies, according to Krishna Byre Gowda, president of the state unit. “This has been introduced for the first time. The national unit wants to introduce it across the country. In Karnataka, we plan to add 10 lakh members,” he said.

As part of his five day tour, Rahul would criss-cross Karnataka to “connect” with tribals, farmers, artisans and rural youth and gauge their problems. On day one, he would visit Biligiri Ranga Hills (BR Hills), a backward region in Chamarajanagar district and meet tribals at Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra as well as a hamlet nearby. Two political rallies —one in Mangalore and another in Bangalore — also figure in the itinerary.