Rahul stresses on more youth representation in politics

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Dehra Dun, Oct 22 (UNI) Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today said he did not possess any ''authority'' in the distribution of party tickets and was working to realise his personal belief that there should be more representation of youth in politics.

Interacting with mediapersons here on the last day of his three-day visit to Uttarakhand, Mr Gandhi stressed that the youth were the future of the country. The AICC General Secretary said he had been entrusted with the task of strengthening frontal organisations like the NSUI and foster democratic functioning in them. He compared his role to that of an ''emperor'' who was judging and mediating the process rather than participating in it.

He informed that for the past one year, about 500 members and senior leaders of the frontal organisations had been working with him. After several meetings, they had decided to hold democratic elections to elect the leadership of the NSUI in Uttarakhand and the youth congress in Punjab.

''The doors of these organisations are open for the contest'', he said.

The Amethi MP said the effect of these measures were being felt on other parties. Citing an example, he said in Punjab, the Akali Dal youth wing was also demanding similar norms.

On the question of alloting tickets to more youth candidates, Mr Gandhi said he was not ''concerned'' about the elections as it was not ''his field''. ''I want to increase the representation of the youth in politics,'' he said.

When asked whether senior Congress leaders would encourage the youth to come forward, he replied that when the number of young leaders increase, they would themselves be accomodated.

''Their entry would help remove the ''pollutants'' from the current polity,'' Mr Gandhi said.

On the question of becoming the future Prime Minister, Mr Gandhi said he did not waste time envisioning himself in the role.

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