Poll-hopers fear Ramya's entry

The heartburn is especially being felt by the aspiring Congress youth leaders who will soon be seen contesting the upcoming election to the presidentship of the State unit, scheduled to be held in the end of May or beginning of June.

No, says Ramya

Ramya, who is excited and keenly looking forward to the interaction with Rahul Gandhi in Bangalore, says that now is not the time for her to contest elections.

“My sole intention of joining the Youth Congress was to create awareness among the youth about voting. I first want to do some good work by serving the people. I am not saying I don't want to contest elections. All I am saying is that it's not my time now.”

Ramya, who recently met Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, says he inspired her to enter politics.

"He is extremely intelligent and very inspiring. I am now convinced that he is India's future. Hopefully I'll get to ask him a question or two on Wednesday," she adds.

Congress leader D K Shivakumar said it was he who introduced her to Rahul in Delhi. Asked whether she will contest the organisation elections, he replied in the negative. “She is very young. She has just joined the party. There is no need to read too much into it. Her grandfather Boraiah was an MLA. So, politics is not new to her family,” he said.

Rahul’s itinerary

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s two-day visit to the State begins Wednesday morning from Hubli. He will arrive from Delhi at 9.35 am. He will proceed to Bijapur to address youth Congress workers as well as party leaders at 11 am.

By 2 pm, he is scheduled to address a meeting in Udupi. In Bangalore, he is scheduled to address the Pradesh Congress Committee members and Youth Congress leaders and workers at Gayathri Vihar, Palace Grounds around 4 pm.

Rahul Gandhi will stay overnight at Kumara Krupa government guest house and leave
Bangalore on Thursday morning, as per a press note from the Congress party.

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