Rahul holds session with think-tank group

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New Delhi, Sep 27: In a sign of emerging synergy between youth and experience in the Congress, its newly-appointed General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today had a session with the new organisational think-tank group to identify the challenges before the party amid speculation of early elections.

Giving clear indication he means business, the 37-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family led a delegation yesterday to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up a major issue concerning the aam aadmi-- extention of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to the entire country.

On the second day after taking up the major role in the party, he came to the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road at 1000 hrs today, in an effort to revitalise the party apparatus, and held a series of meetings.

Rahul is part of the new 13-member 'Group of Future Challenges' constituted by the party during the reshuffle of the AICC early this week.

The first meeting of the group today discussed the general economic, social and political issues.

AICC General Secretary and Senior member of the group M Veerappa Moily told mediapersons after the two-hour-long meeting that all the members, in their wisdom, made their points on different issues.

'These would be taken to Party President Sonia Gandhi who will identify the agenda for the future meetings," he said.

Mr Moily said it would be too early for the group to specify its scope of functioning, but agreed that preparing for elections would be an area of work.

"Challenges are in the short, medium and long terms...We don't discuss only elections. Incidentally, election is also part of it," he said.

"The agenda of the group would be clear by the next meeting,' Mr Moily said.

The members of the group are : Rahul Gandhi, Veerappa Moily, Jairam Ramesh (Convener) Digvijay Singh, Vayalar Ravi, Anand Sharma, Prithviraj Chavan, Mukul Wasnik, Salman Khursheed, Parameshwar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sandeep Dikshit and Sachin Pilot.


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