To lure youngsters, Youth Cong swings into action
Armed with 3.5 lakh young members, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress has charted out plans to help the Congress make a comeback in the coming municipal elections. Rajat Arora reports.delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2012 00:57 IST
Armed with 3.5 lakh young members, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress has charted out plans to help the Congress make a comeback in the coming municipal elections.
The youth organisation has formed 8000 ward committees consisting three members each to work with the Congress candidates at the ground level. The organisation's mandate is to get people under the age of 40 years to vote for the Congress.
With its newly elected president Amit Malik in the front, the Youth Congress has trained its guns on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
“The youth wing has a clear agenda — to highlight corrupt acts and failures of the ruling party. It will also educate people about the achievements of the state government under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit,” said Malik, who has also been Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) president.
The youth organisation will try to establish a dialogue with the youth of the capital by holding youth-centric programmes such as discussions and debates in all wards and colleges.
“Our cadre is very well connected with the people both on the ground and as well as online and it will give the party leverage in the MCD elections. We will highlight local issues. The BJP in its campaign is raking up national issues as it doesn't have any achievements to highlight in the five years of its tenure,” Malik added.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has been trying to revamp the Youth Congress to groom future leaders. The youth wing will be testing waters for the first time in Delhi after Gandhi introduced elections in the youth organisation to ensure selection through a democratic and participatory process.
“With a transparent selection system in place, we have come out to be a more efficient organisation and it will be proved when the election results are out. We'll be sweating out in the heat to mobilise the youth for the party,” Malik said.
16 members of the Delhi Youth Congress have been awarded tickets.