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Youth Congress urges Rahul, Priyanka to join active politics

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 25. The clamour to usher Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, into active politics was heard in the Capital today with a section of the Youth Congress raising the demand and suggesting that they should contest in the next Lok Sabha elections.

The demand by the block presidents of the Uttar Pradesh Youth Congress was made at a convention here and articulated by the State Youth Congress chief, Nadeem Ashraf Jaisi, even as the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, reiterated that it was left to them to take a decision.

"I have been repeating that it is for Priyanka and Rahul to decide'' (whether to join active politics or not), she told correspondents after addressing the chiefs of frontal organisations, the Mahila Congress, Youth Congress and National Students' Union of India, as part of the preparations for the general elections.

The AICC general secretary, Oscar Fernandes, said that all Congress workers, especially the youth, were keen that the Gandhi siblings take to active politics.

The convention urged that the party snap its links with the Samajwadi Party as it was not beneficial. There was disquiet among a section of the Uttar Pradesh Congress, to withdraw support to the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led coalition Government. Ms. Gandhi preferred not to offer any comment on this.

The Mahila Congress has asked its members to highlight the achievements of the Congress vis--vis women and the failures of the BJP-led NDA Government.

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