Rahul favours direct election of Youth Cong

Gadchiroli: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday indicated major changes in the organisational set up of the Youth Congress and party`s frontal students` wing NSUI saying office-bearers would hence forth be elected directly by members of these organisations.

Addressing a `Adiwasi Melawa` (tribal youth meet) in this naxal-infested district in Eastern Vidarbha, Rahul said the previous practice of nominating leaders (presidents) of these two organisations 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," Rahul told the tribal youths amidst tight security arrangements at the meet held in a specially erected shamiyana here.

Rahul felt that tribals today are not visible on the national platform and are confined to mostly district-level positions and a handful at the state-level, and hence changes are required in the set up.

"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 said.

Virtually launching a membership drive of the Youth Congress in Maharashtra from this backward region, Rahul called on youngsters to enroll themselves in large numbers in the the National Students` Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress to strengthen them.