Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited Gurgaon on Thursday to interact with panchayat members of Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress (HPYC).
Thousands of Youth Congress workers led by HPYC president Rao Chiranjiv came to Huda Gymkhana Club. Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also came and shared the dais with Gandhi.
There were rumours that Gandhi would come to Gurgaon by Metro. He addressed over 5,000 Youth Congress members, most of them panchayat members from across the state.
"All the members who are here are elected representatives and not appointed by the party leadership. The party will promote only those people who work sincerely," said Gandhi.
He further said 20 MLAs in the Kerala election who got poll tickets were promoted because of hard work and discipline.
“We will bring in young people in the party only with the condition that they will be promoted if they work with and for the people,” said Gandhi.
Gandhi asked Youth Congress members to focus on the grassroots level. “The party has experienced leader like Manmohan Singh and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Young members can learn from them to make the party stronger,” Gandhi said.
Hooda claimed that every village in the state was well-connected with good road networks and regular power supply. But the crowd seemed to disapprove and interrupted his speech twice. The turnout was lower than expected.
There was traffic jam at some areas for over half-an-hour after the Youth Congress event ended.