Congress Chintan Shivir to focus on 2014 polls

By: admin
Updated: 17 Jan 2013 09:35 PM

With Rahul Gandhi put in charge of the 2014 poll campaign, Congress will
set out on a unique exercise on Friday seeking to blend youth and
experience to evolve a winning formula for the Lok Sabha elections just 16
months away.

The significance of the two-day 'Chintan Shivir' and the AICC meeting that
will follow on Sunday is in view of the fact that a section of the
Congress is favouring early Lok Sabha elections to coincide with Assembly
polls in five states by end of the year.

Narendra Modi is expected to emerge as a major talking point with his
electoral hattrick in Gujarat with a CWC member saying that a discussion
on current Indian politics cannot take place without direct or indirect
mention of the controversial BJP leader.

Party chief Sonia Gandhi along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
utilise the meet to reach out to the middle class as also to evolve
approaches that could appeal to the youth as the voter profile is
increasingly turning young.

Incidentally, Congress under Rajiv Gandhi had brought down the voting age
from 21 to 18.

Youth will be the flavour of the season at Jaipur with Congress having
invited as many as 160 odd young delegates who have been office bearers of
the Indian Youth Congress and the NSUI. This is for the first time, that
such a high representation is being given to youth at such meets.

Party leaders are also banking heavily on government's recent initiative
on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to ensure that subsidies under various
central schemes reach in form of cash directly to the accounts of

Rahul Gandhi, who has involved Youth Congress leaders in a big way for
implementation of DBT, had told them that if this programme was pushed
properly, Congress can win not only this but even the next elections.