Punjab CM backs gen next leader to galvanise Congress

Punjab CM backs gen next leader to galvanise Congress

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Chandigarh, Jul 6 : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday backed a young charismatic leader to galvanise the Congress in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's resignation as party president.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Chief Minister has urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to look for Mr Gandhi's replacement in a charismatic Gen Next leader, who can enthuse the people with his pan-India appeal and grassroots presence.

Mr Gandhi had shown the way for youth leadership to take the party's reins and steer it to greater heights, the Chief Minister said in a statement issued here, adding that with India leading the world in terms of the largest youth population, it was natural that a young leader would understand and relate to the desires and aspirations of the people more effectively. Any change in the party leadership must reflect India’s societal reality, with 65 per cent of its population under 35, said Mr Singh.

The Chief Minister said Mr Gandhi's decision to stand firm on his resignation was a major disappointment and setback for the party, from which it could recover only under the dynamic leadership of another young leader. Only a youth leader could revive the grand old party, said the Chief Minister, urging the Congress leadership to keep the energy, infused by Mr Gandhi, going.

The Congress needs young blood to galvanise its rank and file, and once again make it India’s preferred and only choice, said the Chief Minister.

'A youth leader, with a forward-looking approach, would not only connect better with the large majority of India's young population but would inculcate the party with a dose of fresh thinking, desperately needed to pull the nation back from the regressive and divisive policies of the ruling BJP,' he added.

Captain Amarinder said under the guidance of the experienced party veterans, a young leader, with a visionary approach and modern outlook, would pave the way for the birth of a new India – more vibrant, dynamic and progressive. It was time, he said, for the old to give way to the new, without which the Congress could not effectively tackle the challenges faced today. (UNI)