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To nurture young talent

New Delhi, Tue, 24 Jun 2008 Deepak Mohanty

As Rahul Gandhi turns 38, the young Congress General Secretary has asked the party to promote young leaders by giving at least 25 percent of the tickets to fresh candidates between 25-40 years age group in the coming general elections. The party, as per the sources, has already begun groundwork for this purpose to spot young talents and bring them into the political frame certainly as an effort to bring good governance. At present Congress has over 10 young MPs and the party may field 100 fresh candidates and even those who don’t have any organisational background.

As the general elections is round the corner with so much permutation and combination going on between the ruling UPA allies, Rahul Gandhi probably is doing well in his job to cement his party’s position. The young Gandhi seems to be candid enough to accept the fact of ‘no internal party democracy’ including his own and hence advocated the need of young imaginative workers to take up the leadership roles to strengthen the present political system.

Congress as a party is suffering the worst in the lack of regional leadership and taking the reason of present rising uncertainty and no absolute majority to the party in the lately conducted state assembly polls. This is probably one of the best strategy to nurture young talent eyeing national elections.

After young leaders like Rajeev Gandhi, Madhavrao Scindia and Rajesh Pilot, there has been a leadership vacuum that the party desperately need to fill up to rebuild its structure again. Though there are not much names emerged in the national front besides Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora; all three have political background, but at regional level one can spot immense potential to be in the political fray.

However in many cases of the factor of dynasty or family ruled region, the party seems to take up its own traditional stride giving ticket to the influential one. But in the present changing political scenario where over half of voters are below 25 years, the party needs to take count of the local factors along with the vitality of “winability” before fielding its candidate.

The party not only needs to bring a pace of change in terms of encouraging young party workers but also in adoption of the very essence of the “subaltern viewpoint” by giving voice to the oppressed or marginalised group by brining leaders from among the masses so as to strengthen the party as an institution and also as a national party to contest election of its own.

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