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IYC rejects lobbying

Ravi Reddy


Disappointment greets Congress leaders at ‘talent hunt' to select office-bearers


HYDERABAD: Indian Youth Congress office-bearers gave a jolt to the ruling party leaders by simply ignoring their recommendations during the three-day talent hunt to select office-bearers for the youth wing.

The exercise, which concluded on Saturday, left many Congress leaders red-faced as their attempts to curry favour of the IYC leaders did not cut ice due to the no-nonsense approach of IYC general secretary Jyothimani and secretary K. Mahendran, who were assisted by APYC president T. J. R. Sudhakar Babu.

Close to 200 youth from varied fields like IT, academics, students pursuing their professional courses, social activists besides active youth wing leaders attended the interviews for Youth Congress posts in nine districts and the city. These IYC leaders were following in letter and spirit the direction of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to induct talented youth.

The APCC office-bearers, MLAs and chairpersons of State undertakings failed in their attempt to woo the IYC leaders. A chairman of a State-run corporation, considered close to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, tried to push the case of a former Minister's son for the post of City Congress president in the Andhra region, but was politely told that recommendations would not work.

PCC president D. Srinvas told a group of Youth Congress workers from Karimnagar that the State Congress had no role in the selections. “The talent hunt is transparent and IYC is an independent body. I did not have a say even when interviews were held for the post of Nizamabad rural YC president's post,” he remarked.

Aspirants came from a variety of backgrounds, including one from West Godavari with an aeronautical engineering degree. A 29-year-old management graduate, who cleared the civil services, wanted an opportunity to work in the IYC. Three girl students of a private engineering college submitted their resume for YC posts.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Mahendran said: “We have interviewed nearly 200 persons. Some of them may get a chance but we will utilise the services of others too. A data bank of interested youth is being prepared for future use.”

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