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Need to cleanse political system, says Rahul Gandhi

Condemning the murder of Nashik additional collector Yashwant Sonawane, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, in his public speech at Aurangabad on Saturday, said there is a need to cleanse the political system to ensure such incidents are not repeated.

mumbai Updated: Jan 30, 2011 01:01 IST

Condemning the murder of Nashik additional collector Yashwant Sonawane, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, in his public speech at Aurangabad on Saturday, said there is a need to cleanse the political system to ensure such incidents are not repeated.

Sonawane was set on fire on January 25 after he caught a group of people involving in a fuel theft in Manmad near Nashik.

Gandhi, who is on the last lap of his three-day visit to Maharashtra, said: “There is a need for a two-pronged approach. In the short term one needs to see how corruption leading to such incidents can be wiped out.”

“And in the long term a cleaning in the political system is needed where corrective measures are taken,” added Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress leader went on to say that a six-month deadline should be affixed to make sure that cases related to corruption get settled as soon as possible.

Gandhi, who was accompanied by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, kicked off his tour on Thursday with a Scheduled Tribes convention in Gadchiroli, and also met other minority sections at Buldhana and Parbhani.

He then went to Dhule and Shirdi where he attended a young women’s convention on Friday.

The young leader also took potshots at the current political structure saying there is “rot” and parties lack democracy.

“The common man is of the opinion that politics is corrupt and that there is no space for him in the system. The answer lies in opening doors of change to improve the system,” he said.

When questioned on the issue of black money stashed abroad, Rahul said there is a need to put in efforts to ensure that the money, which belongs to India and to the people, returns to them.

Appealing to the educated youth to join his party, Gandhi said: “Give me 10 years of your life and after that you will be very proud.”