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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Rahul Gandhi makes his mark leads GenNext from the front

[b]Rahul Gandhi makes his mark leads GenNext from the front [/b]

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 24 January, ( ): It was Rahul Gandhi's Day at the on-going plenary of India's ruling Congress party with his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi in the chair. But the young law maker kept everyone guessing as to his future plans. The Congress cadres have been clamoring for a bigger role for Rahul, as a general secretary of the Congress party or as a member of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.

In his 20-minute long speech first in Hindi and later in English, Rahul Gandhi did not address the demand.

Speaking in quiet dignity and invoking new symbolism in a country where caste and creed have come to dominate political discourse, Rahul Gandhi, seen by many as cut in the mould of his late father Rajiv Gandhi, declared: " It's time to learn and understand so that I can serve people and party better. My place right now is among the people".

He promised the workers, who are assembled at the Gachibowli Stadium, the venue of the 82nd Congress plenary in Hyderabad, "I will not let you down".

His message to the Gennext in the Congress, who are looking to him for leadership, is interestingly quite simple, and straight from the heart. "Focus on the grassroots. Move away from the corridors of power. Work among the masses. Win back public goodwill and support. Don't take shelter under any shibboleths'.

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