Rahul : With an intention to strengthen the party organization at the grassroots level

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi is likely to take a break from his busy schedule of campaigning for party candidates contesting the assembly elections in five states and visit Karnataka to woo youngsters.

Returning Officer for the Youth Congress elections, Mr Manoj Pathania, announced on Wednesday that Mr Gandhi would visit the State during April to encourage youngsters to enroll with the party’s youth wing.

The membership drive was launched by two AICC general secretaries in-charge for Karnataka, Mr Sanjay Nirupam and Mr Madhusudan Mistry along with central leaders from Karnataka. The membership drive will go on till April 25.

The Congress party has decided to use Blackberry mobile phone during the membership campaign. The confirmation of membership application will be given through Blackberry, he explained. To bring more transparency in the organizational elections, the entire poll process and scrutiny of membership has been entrusted to Foundation for Advanced Management of Elections (FAME), an NGO headed by former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr J.M. Lyngdoh. Mr Pathania said that the selection of Youth Congress president and other office-bearers were at the discretion of senior leaders of the party.

With an intention to strengthen the party organization at the grassroots level, the party has decided to conduct elections of office-bearers to the youth wing of the party, Mr Pathania added. Elections will be conducted for 46,273 booths in the state and from each booth, five-member committees will be formed, Mr Pathania said adding that ten-member committee would be formed for every assembly and Parliament constituency.

He explained that while conducting Youth Congress elections, reservations would be provided to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, other Backward Classes, minorities and women. According to him, to monitor the elections, a 35-member team has been formed at national level.

Our focus primarily is to build leaders and not the organization.

The National Students Union of India held its two day National Executive Meeting, in Lucknow, on Thursday. The meeting took place on 9th and 10th of February 2011. This meeting was attended by the State Presidents and National Office Bearers of NSUI. The meeting was also addressed by Shri Rahul Gandhi, who is the AICC Gen Sec Incharge of NSUI

In his address Shri Rahul Gandhi said .Our focus primarily is to build leaders and not the organization. If we are successful in developing you people as real leaders, the organization will automatically grow strong.

UPCC Spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi Told that In this two day meeting the NSUI leaders had a review of their work that they have done in the past few months. Every State President presented a review of the work that they had undertaken in their respective states. They also discussed and formulated their action plan for the next 3 months. These plans will be discussed when the team meets for the next National Executive.

Spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi Told that The Uttar Pradesh Unit of NSUI had done a state wise survey on the condition of hostels meant for SC/ST students. The report made by the U.P NSUI states that the condition of SC/ST students is really bad because of apathy by the state government. Decision was taken in the National Executive meeting to take this programme nationally. The survey will now be done in every state and a massive agitation would be launched in states where government has turned a blind eye towards SC/ST students. National agitation launch will be done in Uttar Pradesh.

NSUI will hold its National Executive once in every three months in different cities across the country.

Rahul Gandhi A New Ray of Hope to 13 year old Rohit Dubey

The Gandhi scion spotted Rohit in a crowd of around 2,000 people on Sunday in Palghar, where he addressed a group of Youth Congress workers.

Upon learning that the boy dropped out of school two years back after his parents passed away within two months of each other, Rahul asked Minister of State for Tribal Development Rajendra Gavit to not only have the boy readmitted to a school, but also left instructions that he be kept updated on the boy’s annual progress.

For Rohit, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to hop onto a Virar-Dahanu shuttle after he saw a poster announcing Rahul’s Palghar visit (Saturday isn’t a great day for business on Mumbai locals anyway).

That decision has changed the course of his life.

It was almost like the universe was conspiring to put Rohit in the right place at the right time. At Aryan School ground, where Rahul was meeting party workers, Rohit was denied entry because he was not carrying a pass. He was disappointed, but decided to wait hoping he would get a glimpse of Rahul or at least his chopper when he left. But fate had more in store for him.

After the meeting got over, Rahul was walking towards his chopper when he suddenly turned around, broke security cordon and walked straight up to Rohit in the crowd. Touching the boy’s face gently, Rahul asked him his name and whether he went to school.

When Rohit told him he can’t afford school because he is an orphan, Rahul told his security officer he would like to talk to the boy alone and that he should be escorted to the pandal inside.

Rahul spoke to Rohit one-on-one for a minute or so. That one minute could well turn out be a very significant moment of his life.


Rohit’s Struggles

His parents’ deaths were a big blow to Rohit. His father, a daily-wage construction worker, died of malaria in August 2009. There was no money to get him treatment.

His mom, who continued to fund Rohit’s education by working as a housemaid, succumbed to tuberculosis in October the same year. She too could not get any medical attention because the family had no money.

Though shattered by the turn of events, Rohit hardly had any time to mourn. Survival was the priority.

In November, he quit school and began looking for employment. Some friends told him that hair clips sell well on local trains. He checked with a trader in Dharavi, who asked for a deposit of Rs 500 before he could trust the boy with a few boxes of clips.

Rohit contacted one of his mother’s employers in Vasai. Since he would sometimes accompany his mother to the households where she worked, this particular Gujarati family knew him. They gave him Rs 500 and told him he need not bother repaying the sum.

Rohit began selling hair clips. He would do brisk business from morning to late noon the peak hours. On good days, he would make Rs 150. With four of his friends, Rohit shared a small room in a chawl in Nalla Sopara (east) for which they paid Rs 2,000 per month to the owner.

The cramped chawl room and sweaty ladies’ train compartments could now be in the past. Rohit is going back to school.

The minister has asked Rohit to meet him on February 2 with all school testimonials. “I hope to rejoin the Hindi-medium school I was studying in before my parents passed away,” he says, and then adds shyly, “If I make some money someday, I would like to visit my grandparents in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. They are poor farm labourers.

Changes in the set up of the Youth Congress.

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Jan 27 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday indicated major changes in the set up of the Youth Congress and party’s students organization National Students Union of India (NSUI), saying the office-bearers would now be elected directly by members of these organisations.

Addressing an Adiwasi Melawa (tribal youth meet) in this naxal-hit district, Gandhi said the practice of nominating heads of these two organisation will be done away with, and now onwards, the members will elect their own leader.
I will not select your leader But you will have to elect your own leader and we are not bothered about his family background but surely, will depend on his personality and capabilities, Gandhi told the tribal youths.
I want to bring changes in the lives of tribals in the country and want to see them play a bigger role on the national level in these two organisations, he added.
The Gandhi scion, who was present here amidst tight security arrangements called on youngsters to enroll themselves in large numbers in the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress to strengthen them.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Union Minister of Social Justice Mukul Vasnik accompanied Gandhi on the occasion.
Rahul Gandhi, who is presently on a three-day visit to Maharashtra to take stock of the Youth Congress membership drive in the state, also interacted with a couple of youth activists and took their queries.
During his visit, Rahul Gandhi will also visit Buldhana and Parbhani districts.
He will also attend an Other Backward Castes (OBC) convention in Buldhana and a minority meet in Parbhani.
He will attend a meeting of MPs, MLAs and block presidents in Aurangabad.
On Saturday, he will address media in Aurangabad before leaving for the coastal Konkan region.
This is Gandhis second visit to Vidarbha region within six months. Earlier, he had visited Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University in Akola and addressed agriculture students in a closed-door meet.

Reach out to villages: Rahul tells Tamil Nadu Youth Congress

Chennai, Dec 23 (IANS) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Thursday urged cadres of the Youth Congress to reach out to villages and strengthen the party at the grassroots level so that the Congress can come to power in Tamil Nadu at a future date. Gandhi, on a two-day Tamil Nadu tour, met officials of the state Youth Congress at Tirunelvelli and Tirupur.

On Thursday morning, he reached Tirunelvelli from Madurai where he had spent the previous night.

Addressing the youth wing officials at Tirunelvelli, he urged them to focus their energies at the panchayat level so that the party can grow in strength.

He said the party’s youth wing cadres should meet the rural people and take remedial measures to alleviate their sufferings and ask them to follow only the Congress party’s ideals and policies and not of any other party.

Gandhi later reached Tirupur and met the Youth Congress officials there.

Rahul Gandhi Could probably become the next Prime Minister.

Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee Said Rahul Gandhi Could probably become the next Prime Minister while replying to Karan Johar question at CNBC’s India’s Business Leaders Event In Mumbai on Saturday,

It is a democracy and people of India should decide.

Senior congress leader said that he would be happy if Rahul become the prime minister of India.

Refusing to Talk about the forthcoming Union Budget Mukherjee said, “ My heads will be chopped off if I give insight into budget.”

On a lighter note He replied that he can’t Sing.

“ I can’t sing. I am not even a bathroom singer I listen to Tagore (Rabindra Nath Tagore) Songs, “said Mukherjee.

He also said that he would have been teacher if he had not joined politics.

Rahul Gandhi integral part of key committee that will draw congress policies.

Rahul Gandhi, who has often talked about going and doing it alone in key states like, Uttar pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, is a Prominent member of Draft Committee of the All India Congress Committee. Which Will finalize the political future of the congress at the plenary being held from December 18.

The young Congress General Secretary is among the twenty two members of the high level committee headed by senior leader Pranab Mukherjee, Which has been tasked to prepare the draft political, economical and foreign policy resolutions.

This is a second plenary after the UPA came to power in 2004 and first after 2009 Lok Sabha elections, in which the coalition retained power with congress crossing the 200 mark in the 543 -member Lok Sabha after a gap of over 15 years.

Prominent among those in the draft committee are senior leader like Arjun Singh, A K Antony, Digvijay Singh, P. Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh.

However, the sub-committee which will finalize the draft resolution on political situations is headed by A K Antony.

The sub Committee on economic resolution is headed by Pranab Mukherjee and the another one on foreign affairs is headed by Commerce Minister Anand Sharma with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna being prominent member.

After the Sub-Committees finalize the draft resolutions, The Draft Committee will pass them.

Rahul gandhi reached jama masjid in amethi to celebrate Bakrid.

Rahul gandhi reached jama masjid in amethi to celebrate id-ul-zaha, Normally seen in white kurja and pajayama, Rahul gandhi today was seen with a “namaji topi”.

Rahul wished one by one whoever came out from masjid for ‘Bakrid’. Congress state spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh reported that Rahul waited for almost half an hour to greet people at jama masjid.

During that Rahul communicated with nearby shopkeepers about how their business is doing.

Later on Rahul visited C.S.D.C (community resources development center in Lukhnow and ate food in a restaurant which is in front of Raj Bhavan.

Congress surfaces heat to RSS.

Pledging to fight communal and terrorist elements, the Congress today accused the RSS and its sister organisations of being involved in terrorist activities.

“Recent revelations through detailed investigations have exposed the true character of the RSS and its sister organisations. The investigations indicate the involvement of its members in terrorist activities,” said an AICC statement circulated to members at the AICC session in New Delhi.

It said the party would fight “at any cost” communal and terrorist elements, whichever source they originate from that aim at destroying the national fabric.

“The Indian national Congress will fight against all such sources that spread religious hatred, prejudice and bigotry and that seek to polarise our people along religious lines,” the statement said.

The statement is likely to be adopted at the conclusion of the one-day AICC session which began here with the hoisting of the party tricolour at the Talkatora Stadium in the cabinet.

Apparently concerned over the spiralling prices of essential commodities, the party asked the government to “redouble its efforts” to ensure that prices remain at “affordable levels”.

The Congress also put the onus of reining prices on the state governments, saying their role was “absolutely essential and critical” in this regard.

Noting that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had deteriorated, it welcomed the appointment of interlocutors to carry forward the dialogue process with various stakeholders.

It said normalcy was being restored with the cooperation of the state government.

Expressing concern over the Maoist activities in some parts of the country, it said the extremists have caused serious law and order situation leading to senseless killing of civilians and security forces and wanton destruction of public property.

“Armed struggle against the State by any section of the society cannot be tolerated. The government should take all appropriate steps to curb it,” the statement said.

It noted that lack of development was leading to alienation of tribals and sought time-bound implementation of the integrated action plan of the government for tribal and backward areas.

The AICC congratulated Sonia Gandhi for getting elected as the party president for the fourth term.

“Under her leadership, two successive Congress-led coalition governments have been formed at the Centre.

She has injected new life and dynamism in this 125-year-old organisation through her untiring efforts and selfless work and unique qualities of sacrifice demonstrated by not assuming the highest office offered to her,” it said.

It also commended the “wise and sagacious leadership” provided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he had brought “renewed prestige” to India by ensuring sustained high economic growth amidst the global economic crisis.

The AICC also appreciated and supported the initiatives taken by the Youth Congress and the NSUI under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi “to bring about a new era of inclusive participation of youth in national service”

Rahul Gandhi visited Dibrugarh University,Will visit Assam Today

Dibrugarh, Sept. 23: AICC general secretary visited Dibrugarh University here this afternoon for an interactive session with the students.
The university’s students were protesting against Rahul’s visit for several reasons because he is a Congressman, the university’s administration had not formally informed them about his visit and because he had accepted the invitation of vice-chancellor Kandarpa Kumar Deka, against whom the students have been agitating.

As Rahul, clad in a checked shirt and blue jeans, delivered his lecture inside the auditorium, the police and personnel from the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) maintained a hawk’s eye on the protesters.

In the morning, Rahul interacted with students at the Netaji Subhash Manch auditorium of Assam University at Dargakona, 25 km south of Silchar. He shared the dais with Youth Congress leader Meenakshi Natarajan and university vice-chancellor Tapodhir Bhattacharjee.

Addressing the students, Rahul said they should cash in on the fact that India was a young nation. We live for the future. We are young, he said, asking the students to take a more proactive role in nation-building. Speaking about the , filth in the system and body politics, he admitted, “even I am not happy with our political system, but it must be cleaned, and cleaned by you.”

After the hour long session, Rahul boarded his chopper for Dibrugarh. He next visited IIT Guwahati for 10 minutes and answered the students questions on big dams, why the system in the country does not work properly and reservation issues, among others.,

Rahul Gandhi will pay a one-day visit to Assam on Thursday during which he will interact with the students of IIT-Guwahati and Assam Central University.

Gandhi is expected to arrive around 10:30 a.m. at Silchar and fly by a chopper to the university campus, where he would interact for about an hour with around 250 students of the varsity and the students of 12 other local colleges before flying to Guwahati.

He would return to Delhi the same day.

It has been reported that the National Security Guard (NSG) personnel have arrived at both the venues to ensure that the security arrangements are in place.

NSUI President Hiddi Eden would accompany Gandhi during his visit.