"Do I look corrupt or a politician with no values?" Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi sought to know while interacting with students of a private college in Jabalpur on Monday.
The 39-year-old Lok Sabha MP called upon the students to join politics and contribute to nation building. Apparently not enthused by the youth icon's call, the students bemoaned that there were no moral standards or values left in politics and good people were now shunning the field.
"Do I look corrupt or a politician with no values?" Gandhi asked as the 500-odd students of Saint Aloysius College burst into peals of laughter.
He agreed with the students' standpoint that there were some corrupt politicians, musclemen and people with vested interests in politics.
The Congress MP, who is on a two-day tour of Madhya Pradesh, noted that reforms were needed to improve the present political system.
The students said the elections in the colleges often led to violence in the campus and good students do not contest out of fear.
To this, Gandhi, who is in-charge of the Youth Congress and the party's student wing NSUI, maintained that good students should come forward and join politics to serve the country.