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Country is in need of young leaders, says Shivakumar

Staff Correspondent

Congress launches membership drive in Chitradurga


Local leaders urged to enrol at least 50 members in each village

‘Create awareness about welfare schemes launched by the Centre'




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Chitradurga: Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said on Thursday that the youth were the key to the country's future and urged young people to join politics in large numbers.

“Our party wants young leaders to enter the political arena. The nation needs young and educated leaders and the Congress is committed to offering responsible positions to youth,” he said.

Speaking at the membership drive at the party's office here, Mr. Shivakumar said that a few critics had the wrong notion that he had lost power in the party.

Strong signal

“I want to send a strong signal to such people that I have not lost my strength. I will reply to them at an appropriate time and place,” he said.Later, addressing a press conference here, Mr. Shivakumar declined to reveal the names of his critics.

While speaking at the membership drive, Mr. Shivakumar warned the local leaders that they would not be given any opportunity to contest future elections under the Congress banner if they failed to get at least 50 members enrolled in each village.

“Rahul Gandhi, general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee, has ordered that every local leader should ensure that at least 50 members join the party in each village. I feel that if the leaders cannot achieve such a small target, then it means that they are cheating the Congress,” he said.

Expressing disappointment over the poor turnout for the programme here, he stressed the need to strengthen the party at the grass roots.

G.S. Manjunath, Congress leader and the State president of the Municipal Employees Association, blamed the local leaders for the party becoming weak in the district. He urged the local leaders to create awareness about the welfare schemes launched by the Union Government.

District Congress Committee president B.G. Govindappa was present.

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