Rahul Gandhi: Congress and the people of India are my life

Mar 06 2013, 12:15 IST
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Summary'Youth are angry because they are alienated from the political class.'

Elevated to second-in-command in Congress, an emotional Rahul Gandhi today said that the party "is now my life" and dedicated himself to taking everyone along while promising to "bring changes fast".

A day after being made the Vice President of the party, he also pledged to treat all the party leaders – young, experienced or women -- equally and listen to "everybody".

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In a highly emotional 40-minute speech, Rahul revealed that his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi came to his room last night and cried because she knew power is poison.

"She cried because she understands that the power so many people seek is actually a poison...because she is not attached to it," he said adding one should not chaser power for its attributes but only to empower the poor.

Playing the 'angry young man' again to the thunderous applause of the gathering, Rahul said Congress is the biggest political organisation in the world, but it has no rules.

"Rules don't work here. Perhaps not a single rule is followed. Rules are made but ignored. Nobody actually knows what the rule is. It's an interesting organisation. I wonder how it runs. There is need for rules and regulations," he said in a speech for which he was given a standing ovation from the gathering that included, Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, union ministers and top party leaders.

Rahul said he will seek knowledge from senior leaders of the party and will take their voice forward.

Underscoring the need for change in the party's functioning Gandhi said, "there is a need to bring changes fast but only after due consideration and taking everybody along."

With the new responsibility entrusted to him, Rahul said "the Congress party is now my life and people of India are my life."

"I will fight for the people of India and for this party. I will fight with everything I have. I invite all of you to stand up and take on this fight," he said.

Promising to take all partymen along, Rahul said "now I

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