I am here to open the door for the youth: Rahul
The young Congress MP believes that the youth is instrumental in bringing changes in Indian politics.india Updated: Apr 04, 2007 15:05 IST
Pressing ahead with his second road show in Uttar Pradesh to drum up support ahead of assembly polls, MP Rahul Gandhi admitted on Wednesday that the Congress' biggest problem in the state is organisation.
Asked whether he would be prime minister one day, Gandhi told a select group of reporters at a hotel that he had not entered politics to earn "positions" and laurels.
"I am not into positions and I think the problem in the state has been organisational. We have stopped allowing youth to come into the party and that's why I am here to open the door for the youth," he said.
Gandhi refused to react to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's charge that he is just a "kid in politics".
"I am not here for vindictive politics. I think the notion of vindictive politics is also wrong," he replied, refusing to substantiate.
Hundreds spilled into the streets to greet the Congress MP during his road show that began on Tuesday. Gandhi was in Kanpur, his first visit in over two years, to campaign for the party candidates contesting for the area's five assembly seats.
Gandhi also pointed out that he was not looking to see if his road shows had been a success but his one point programme was to rope in more youth to join the party.
"I believe that the most important thing in the country is to get the involvement of youth so that changes take place. I am worried about the long- term process."
Tight security in the once thriving industrial city deterred Gandhi from mingling with the people.
Gandhi started his road show after his election meeting in Bhartana in Etawah district where Mulayam Singh is contesting as the Samajwadi Party candidate.
The seven-phased state elections begin April 7.
First Published: Apr 04, 2007 14:46 IST