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Young people urged to involve themselves in ‘part-time' politics

Staff Reporter

Namakkal: SRM University Chancellor and Founder of Indiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) T.R. Pachamuthu urged students and youth to actively involve themselves in part-time politics.

He made this statement while addressing young graduates of Paavai Engineering College at the 6 {+t} {+h} graduation day of the college on Saturday. Everyone yearns to amass wealth but money alone does not help one win reputation in society, he said and added that one has to give what he has to the have-nots to gain reputation.

He expressed confidence that youth could display their social responsibility by standing against corruption, by not accepting dowry and casting their vote without fail without accepting money or gifts.

Later he told The Hindu that he has no plans to contest in the coming elections or in the years to come.

“It is the 54 crore youth of the nation who would make the country a superpower in the year 2020 and I prefer staying in the backend process by mentoring young politicians,” he added.

Talking about his party's decision to contest alone in the elections on April 13, he said that he ruled out alliance talks initiated by the ruling and opposition parties to test the strength of his 10-month-old party. “An average 20 to 30 percent of the State's population does not vote and we want to win their confidence,” he said. On the other hand, 20 per cent of the voters are youth who would be their main target, he added.

The IJK chief said that of the 234 assembly constituencies, the party would contest in close to 180 of them while the rest would be given to strong communal groups in the deep Southern part of the State.

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