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Rahul ready to help solve quota row

HEAT, dust and a fast-maturing politician i. e. Rahul Gandhi. Rahul showed his political acumen today saying the reservation issue was a ?complex? one as both the sides had valid points and he was ready to speak to anybody to find a solution. Rahul?s observations become significant in view of conflicting stands being taken by two union ministers -- Arjun Singh and Kapil Sibal -- on implementation of 27 per cent reservation for backward classes in IITs, IIMs and other premier educational institutions.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 00:35 IST

HEAT, dust and a fast-maturing politician  i. e. Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul showed his political acumen today saying the reservation issue was a ‘complex’ one as both the sides had valid points and he was ready to speak to anybody to find a solution.

Rahul’s observations become significant in view of conflicting stands being taken by two union ministers -- Arjun Singh and Kapil Sibal -- on implementation of 27 per cent reservation for backward classes in IITs, IIMs and other premier educational institutions.

Rahul was asked to clarify his stand on reservation issue in the backdrop of the ongoing agitation against quota by students of Delhi’s medical colleges. This is the first time he spoke on the issue.

Rahul declined to accept any post without doing sufficient work and struck an emotional chord touching issues concerning his mother’s constituency. Saturday was the fifth day of Rahul’s campaign.

He e also said he would be willing to undertake any work that party leaders may ask him to do. “There is a distinction between doing work and holding a position.

I am a soldier of Congress. I am ready to do any work I am asked to do. I will, however not take any post till I feel that I have done enough work,” said Rahul.

Sounding optimistic about the revival of Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul said rebuilding the party was a time consuming process. “Party organisation can’t be strengthened in a month. It takes time to build the organisation,” he said adding, “A lot of progress has been made under Salman Khurshid. We are progressing well.”

Rahul’s observations have come as a snub for adversaries of UPCC president Salman Khurshid.

Striking an emotional chord, Rahul referred to the age-old ties of the Gandhi family with the people of constituency and said he would ensure that problems of people were solved.

As Rahul addresses about three dozen meetings in a day he does sufficient home work. At public meetings Rahul continues to attack the Mulayam government for what he says “causing hindrances in the way of development.”

At Muraini, he said the state government refused to accept a sum of nearly Rs 200 crore that the Centre proposed to provide for strengthening of irrigation facilities in the constituency. “There are several such instances,” he said adding the benefits have not been allowed to reach the people as the state government feared that Sonia Gandhi may benefit from such moves.

He also flayed the non-Congress state governments of the past 15 years.