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Launch pad for Rahul

The focus of Rahul’s speech was about the “biggest challenge” confronting the present generation of youth, reports Srinand Jha.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2007 03:00 IST
Srinand Jha

The posters outside said it all: Rajivji ke saare sapne, karenge poore Rahul apne (All of Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams will be fulfilled by his ‘own’ Rahul).

Huge banners, buntings and cut outs of Rahul Gandhi with father Rajiv in the silhouette were on display. Speeches climaxed with the crunch issue of the need to “pass on the baton” to the dynamic Rahul Gandhi so as to rejuvenate the party. The message was audible even to the deaf: This AICC session had been designed as a political launch pad for Rahul.

Rahul spoke eloquently and raised serious issues of the need to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. He also spoke about the common thread of “Indianness” that binds citizens. “Distinction of religion and class are not visible to me. It is only the disparity of opportunity that is noticeable to me”, he said.

The focus of Rahul’s speech was about the “biggest challenge” confronting the present generation of youth: To convert the “most precious asset” of the country’s poor people into vehicles of change by integrating them into developmental and infrastructural schemes.

Sonia Gandhi herself referred to the need to vest responsibilities with the new generation. Even the resolution adopted by the AICC welcomed the induction of Rahul Gandhi as AICC General Secretary.