Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday indicated major changes in the set up of the Youth Congress and party's frontal students' wing NSUI, saying office-bearers would hence forth be elected directly by members of these organisations.
Addressing an 'Adiwasi Melawa' (tribal youth meet) in this naxal-hit district in Eastern Vidarbha, Gandhi said the practice of nominating heads of these two organisation will be done away with, and now onwards, the members will elect their own leader.
"I will not select your leader...But you will have to elect your own leader and we are not bothered about his family background but surely, will depend on his personality and capabilities," Gandhi told the tribal youths amidst tight security arrangements at the meet held here.
"I want to bring changes in the lives of tribals in the country and want to see them play a bigger role on the national level in these two organisations," he said.
Virtually launching a membership drive of the Youth Congress in Maharashtra from this region, Gandhi called on youngsters to enroll themselves in large numbers in the the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress to strengthen them.
He also interacted with a couple of youth activists and took their queries.
Accompanied by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Union Minister of Social Justice Mukul Vasnik, Gandhi flew in here by a chopper from Nagpur to kick start his three-day tour to take stock of the Youth Congress membership drive in the state.
Gandhi will visit Buldhana and Parbhani districts during this visit and also attend a meeting of MPs, MLAs, block presidents in Aurangabad, where Chavan will be present.
This is Gandhi's second visit to Vidarbha region within six months.