Ludhiana: AAP, SAD roll out youth power, Congress lags behind

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 06, 2015 21:48 IST

While the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as well as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have already rolled out their youth power to highlight various issues and also to get connected with the public, the main opposition Congress has so far been lagging behind in this direction.

The absence of the office bearers of Youth Congress wing, as their term was over and new elections have not been announced, has largely kept the wing away from the youth activities. The youth wing of the Congress has also missed several major issues in the past against the ruling alliance SAD-BJP.

Rallies as well other programmes highlighting different issues were held recently by the youth wings of AAP as well as the SAD. Even the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that it would soon try to bring out the youth talent to the forefront and connect with the public.

While the youth associated with the AAP were mostly highlighting the issues of corruption and mining among others, Student Organisation of India (SOI) that is a youth wing associated with the SAD, raised the issue of drug menace recently and organised a cycle rally and also raised the issue of declining greenery in the city.

The SAD has appointed Meetpal Singh Dugri, 34, as its zonal president recently after which such exercises have become common. Dugri was also appointed as a member of the state youth development board on Tuesday by chief minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Dugri said that the youth would play an important role in the assembly elections in 2017. “SOI that has highlighted several issues of public importance in the recent past, would also be a crucial player in the elections. Being youngsters, we know about the problems of the youth and want to get rid of these,” said Dugri.

AAP senior leader HS Phoolka in March took out a cycle rally from Ludhiana to Chandigarh in which the youngsters performed a major role. Most of the cyclists along with Phoolka were young people who accompanied him during the journey.

Congress that was lagging behind in the election of the office bearers of its youth wing was now planning for nomination of its members.

Gurpreet Gogi, district chief of Congress, said recommendations to nominate the members of youth Congress instead of their elections have been made to vice-president of the party Rahul Gandhi due to which the elections have been put on hold.

“Soon after the members of the office bearers are nominated or elected, activities by youth wing would start to expose the state government,” Gogi added.

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