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Rahul's pilot project aims to groom future leaders

india Updated: Aug 14, 2011 00:14 IST
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Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is in the process of forming a core team of 70 legislators - all below 45 years of age - from the party across the country to groom them as "leaders for the future".

As a first step, the party held a four-day leadership camp for its young MLAs from August 8 at a Gurgaon retreat. As many as 31 party legislators from 15 states were selected for the project.

The MLAs were trained in crucial facets of political life including public speaking for effective communication, functioning of mini and macro government structures, understanding legislative roles and the budget, how to work effectively and responsibly in one's constituency, and in developing diagnostic and analytical skills.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute, set up by Gandhi for holding regular training camps for Youth Congress members, had assisted the youth wing of the party in the design and conduct of the workshop.

The organisers had roped in senior leaders to lecture these "Young Turks" on various aspects of political and public life.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Paban Singh Ghatowar and Congress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry were among the leaders who gave useful tips to the participants.

"The stress was on self-introspection," said a participant.

Interestingly, the residential camp included daily yoga practice in the mornings.

"We were given tips on behavioural aspects and briefed about various techniques which included anger control and stress management," said another participant.

The inputs acquired at this workshop would be used in subsequent camps.

The Youth Congress is now planning a much bigger camp where more legislators would be invited.

Once the core team is formed, a Youth Congress functionary said, it will function under Gandhi's overall guidance and responsibility.