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Congress has shed its pro-rich image, says Rahul Gandhi

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with football players at the District Sports Stadium in Krishnagiri on Thursday. —
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with football players at the District Sports Stadium in Krishnagiri on Thursday. —

R. Arivanantham

Tremendous support among youth for party in State

KRISHNAGIRI: The Congress has shed its pro-rich stance and is keen to welcome poor people, youth, those from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes to its fold, said party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi here on Thursday.

Addressing potential candidates, he appealed to youths, women and those belonging to SC and ST to join the party and face elections.

He said “there was a myth that Congress is rich men’s party. We are trying to break this image and are striving to bring talented youths into the party fold to work for the betterment of women and weaker sections of the society.”

Rahul Gandhi added that during the past two days he had seen tremendous support among the youngsters for the party in Tamil Nadu. It shows that the congress was strong in the State.

The indoor meeting in which newsmen and photographers were barred entry was attended by more than 2,000 Youth Congress members.

Though it was planned for 20 minutes, it lasted for about an hour.

The Congress General Secretary answered queries raised by some of the participants.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi was received by more than 150 party office-bearers from Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts at the helipad at the Government Arts College.

Besides K.V. Thankgabalu, TNCC President, Sathyan Phuthoor, Returning Officer for Youth Congress election in Dharmapuri district and Vinodh Chandra Raju, Returning Officer, Youth Congress elections for Krishnagiri district, accompanied Rahul at the meeting of the party’s potential candiates and at the programme at District Sports Stadium in Krishnagiri.

Ignores protocol

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi ignored security protocol at the District Sports Stadium on Thursday.

As per the tour programme, he would watch a football match for 20 minutes and distribute prizes.

But soon after arriving from the meeting, he sat for about five minutes at the dais erected at the stadium. Then, he started walking towards the shamiana where the sports persons were sitting.

Gallery

Taking everyone by surprise, he then went straight to the gallery where the school boys were sitting and started posing for photographs.

Sudden deviation from the security protocol by Rahul Gandhi made security personnel’s job difficult. Later, Rahul posed with the foot ball teams at the grounds.

More than 10 to 15 security personnel were posted to see that no reporter or a photographer to approach the leader in close quarters.

Two arrested

Two persons belonging to Tamizhar Paadhukaappu Iyakkam were arrested for showing black flags to Rahul Gandhi.

According to police, when Rahul Gandhi’s convoy was passing through the Kuppam Road Junction, R. Murugesan of Kittampatti and P. Vanchinathan of Uthanapalli tried to show black flags to the leader.

Both of them were immediately taken into custod. Krishnagiri town police have registered a case and are investigating.

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