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Tuesday, December 08, 2009 10:25:54 AM, Staff Reporter

Rahul Gandhi

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Aligarh: “Democracy has been flourishing in the country but no political party pays heed to the concept of internal democracy”, said Rahul Gandhi, MP and General Secretary of the Congress while interacting with the students at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.


"Moreover", he said, “Frequent nomination to the important posts instead of democratic election is the testament of the fact."


Non-democratic structure of the political parties has prevented common man from joining the politics and it has to be changed, he added.


“The destiny of the country is shaped by the youth hence they must fully participate in the political system of the country. Nobody knows how to enter politics as there is no well-defined procedure and path into politics has to be clear and transparent”, Rahul Gandhi added.


Rahul Gandhi said no criminal and fundamentalist must be given opportunity in political parties. Describing AMU as the invaluable intellectual treasure of the country, Rahul Gandhi urged the students not to be carried away by any consideration other than the merit.


The example of Dr. Manmohan Singh bears an eloquent testimony to the fact, he added.


'Muslim can become PM if he is capable'

Religion does not matter when it comes to becoming the prime minister and a Muslim can get the top job provided he is the most capable person for it, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said while interacting with the students.


"It is not about what religion or community you come from, it is what you bring to the table, what capability you have," he said.


He was replying to a question that having come a long way after Independence how much more time will it take for India to have its first Muslim prime minister.


"Today, Manmohan Singh is not the Prime Minister of India because he is a Sikh. He is the Prime Minister because he is the most capable person to do the job.


"And let me tell you something that even when you do have a Muslim prime minister, he will be a prime minister because he is the most capable person," 39-year-old Gandhi said.


He told a questioner, "You need to step up and the number of leaders coming out of your community needs to go up.


You got today a Sikh prime minister that nobody would have ever imagined in a country of over a billion people that we would have a Sikh prime minister. Sikhs are a very small percentage of this country."


Gandhi said his effort was to involve people from different communities and from different parts of India in the political system.


Earlier, welcoming Rahul Gandhi, Professor P.K. Abdul Azis said that the Muslim community and the Aligarh Muslim University are extremely indebted to Pandit Nehru for the unstinted support that he has given to reposition it after India became independent. The Aligarh Muslim University still needs special patronage. The University has a Muslim Character right from its inception but it is truly secular.


The recent order from the Allahabad High Court has taken a way the Minority Character of the University. An appeal for restoration of the Minority Character of the University is pending with the Supreme Court. Professor Azis urged Rahul Gandhi to take up the issue of the Minority Character of AMU with the Prime Minister of India and get the Minority Character of AMU restored unequivocally by an amendment to AMU Act of 1981 by the Indian Parliament.


The University has submitted a rupees two thousand crores proposal for establishing five centers across the country and for this massive expansion the Government of India should come forward with clear cut and time bound affirmative programmes to enable the Sachar Committee’s recommendations to become more meaningful, he concluded.


At the end of the interactive meet, Rahul Gandhi answered various questions raised by the students of AMU relating to role of youths in building new India, the issue of reservation for Muslims in educational institutional, minority character for AMU and implementation of Sachar Committee.


Earlier, Rahul Gandhi visited the mazar of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the legendary founder of Aligarh Muslim University. Rahul Gandhi also visited the AMU Staff Club and interacted with the University teacher. Prof. V.K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar, AMU extended a vote of thanks.








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