In a bid to attract young voters towards the party, the Congress is all set to infuse young blood in the forthcoming Mumbai civic and other local self government polls, which begin early next year. The party will ensure around 30% of the official poll tickets are given to young Congress workers.
Significantly, youth voters form around one-third of the voting population in the state.
State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre made this announcement at a function in which the newly elected office bearers of the Youth Congress took charge at the party headquarters in Tilak Bhavan at Parel on Monday.
"Youth Congress workers do not need to worry. I will issue directives that a certain quota is reserved for them in allocation of tickets for the elections," said Thakre.
Thakre was reacting to the demand made by the state youth Congress president Vishwajeet Kadam, who also demanded that his Youth Congress colleagues be treated with respect at the government level.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan endorsed Thakre's announcement and advised the youth to take up organisational jobs because it gave more exposure to ground realities.
Monday's ceremony marked the beginning of the two-year tenure of the new executive body under Kadam, 31, a doctorate holder in engineering.
He also is also political heir to his father, forest minister Patangrao Kadam.