Rahul Gandhi was elected to the second highest post, as the party’s Vice-President in The Indian National Congress, the largest political party in India.
“An impatient, young India wants change,” Mr Gandhi said.
The 42-year-old Congress leader tore into a system that that he said was dominated by mediocrity, “excludes knowledge” and centralises “power grossly. “A system where a handful of people in power, removed from reality, made decisions that affected the aam aadmi or common man, was a flawed system, Mr Gandhi said. The answer, he said, was not in the running the system better, but in “transforming this system”. And he explained how his party, the Congress, had already put in place building blocks to enable that change.
Emphasising on empowering people who have immense knowledge but are deprived of positions, Rahul said that the time has come to question decision making in politics as only a handful are being empowered. He is planing to add 40 to 50 leaders to the party who will lead the party and the country in the right direction.
Congress on it’s part made some important decisions :
- All secular and progressive forces should unite in ideological battle against those who polarise and divide society.
- Congress acknowledges there is a rising educated and aspirational middle class, especially in urban areas. Will continue to create new opportunities for them.
- Congress will go to the people on the basis of performance of UPA government, the promise of stability and good governance and restatement of its core values.
- Nepotism in the organisation’s structure is a cause of concern. When leaders recommend a candidate they must be willing to take responsibility in case of failure.
- Dialogue with Pakistan must be based on accepted principles of civilised behaviour. When these principles are violated, India should not hesitate to take credible action.
- The number of terms for presidents of Pradesh Congress Committees and District Congress Committees should be restricted to two and the tenure should not be more than three years.
- Will launch mass contact programmes at different levels to gather feedback on people’s aspirations and priorities.
- Winnable alone, should not be the benchmark for deciding nominees. There should be a balance required between loyalty and winnable.
- Promises to create ten million jobs every year.