He said that presently the youth was feeling ignored in almost every political party, including the Congress. "In every party, including Congress, I see that there is no space for the younger lot. To change a country you have to work together with a new force and involve the youth in the initiative," he said while addressing a party rally in Gunpur, a remote tribal area in Orissa.
The rally was organised in the memory of his father and late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Gunpur assumes significance for the Congress as well as the Gandhi scion as Rajiv had addressed his last political rally here before being assassinated in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in 1991.
"17 years have gone since my father passed away. He was not my father alone. In fact, he was the voice of the Indian youth. With the death of Rajiv Gandhi it was the voice of the country's youth that faded away," he said.
Launching his tirade against the Orissa government, Rahul said earlier he used to think that Uttar Pradesh was the most backward state, but he has changed his opinion after visiting Orissa.