Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said his “imprint” on the new Council of Ministers was visible in the form of the young members inducted. But he personally wanted to stay focused on organizational work.
“I want to work for the Congress party because I believe in doing one thing at a time. I do not believe in doing six jobs at one time. Then I cannot do justice to it (ministership),” he said after the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
Explaining his vision for the party, Rahul said organizational elections in the Youth Congress had empowered grassroots workers who are now participating in decision-making.
“Seven lakh ordinary members in Gujarat elected their own leaders,” he said. Vijay Inder Singla, who coordinated the exercise, was given a ticket at Rahul's initiative and he won.
Rahul said fundamental changes were required for the party to revive in Uttar Pradesh. “We’ve been working silently, you will see results in three years,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in UP and we are going to do it.”
“What has been offered to people in the state in the last 20 years is bankruptcy. The people of UP are tired of what is going on,” he added.
“Through the activities of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress, we’ve learnt a lot of things in Punjab, Gujarat, Puducherry and other states,” Rahul said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who joined in, said it was for Rahul to decide what he wants to take up. “He’s doing many things in the Youth Congress and NSUI. Let him decide what he wants to do.”