Rahul bats for Congress ‘Youth Power’
Cuttack: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday rekindled a ray of hope among the Congress workers and promised them a "change" in next three months after many expressed that their “tied hands” are restraining them to work for the party.
Rahul too assured soon there will be a 'change' in the party in Odisha.
“There is no magic wand with me but it is there in the Congress party…. There are lots of youth in the party and you will see a change within the party here,” Rahul told media after the extended working committee meeting.
“Congress party needs discipline. Slowly we will work on that,” added Gandhi.
The Congress scion after his day-long interaction with party workers also accused the BJD-led state government of highjacking various central government schemes.
“The Union government is spending huge money in various welfare schemes, but Naveen Patnaikji is trying to claim these as his government’s success,” Rahul said.
Earlier the Congress heir apparent held deliberations with party activists and office bearers from 16 organisational districts to discuss poll strategies ahead of the next general elections.
The 42-year-old Gandhi, who visited Odisha for the first time after being elevated as the second in command in Congress, first interacted with district level workers and leaders on issues to be addressed to rejuvenate the party.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik seemed hopeful when he said,
“Rahulji’s visit and his close interactions with grassroot level leaders will go a long way in strengthening the party.”
After Rahul's two-day state visit Union minister Srikant jena said, ”He (Rahul) discussed with us how to bring a revamp at the Block and district levels. We hope he will take decision in 1-2 months.”
Reacting to Rahul’s statement on welfare schemes, senior BJD leader and Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya said, “BJD is in the people's heart. Let time come, the people of Odisha will prove it once again. BJD is symbol of the aspiration and hope of the people."