Few takers for Rahul’s ‘youthful’ idea
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A major reason cited by IYC members is the demoralised party workers. "Last time, with the 2012 Assembly elections due, people worked hard and spent a lot of money hoping that they will be given tickets. But poor response from the party demoralised the workers," said outgoing IYC president from Amethi Brijendra Shukla. Outgoing president of central zone Tarun Patel blames the idea of forming committees at the booth level, saying these failed to charm the youth.
To widen the organisational base, Rahul Gandhi had conceptualised the idea of forming committees down to the booth level, apart from committees for 26 Lok Sabha and 131 Vidhan Sabha constituencies of central UP. Now with just 50,000-60,000 members in the entire zone, the idea of forming committees for 41,679 booths in the zone seems a distant dream.
In Amethi today
LUCKNOW: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi on February 5 and 6, where he will interact with public and hold meetings with party cadres. Since this is Rahul's first visit to Amethi after being appointed the party vice-president, party workers are excited and have made arrangements to welcome him at numerous places, said party MLA from Rudrapur Akhilesh Pratap Singh.