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'Do I look Like A Politician With No Values' ? Asks Rahul

PTI 18 Jan 2010, 23:04:52 IST

Confronted with concerns by students over lack of values in politics, Rahul Gandhi on Monday in Jabalpur, asked: "Do I look corrupt or a politician with no values?".

The Congress general secretary tried to disarm the students of a private college here during an interaction by posing this question after they bemoaned there were no moral standards or values left in politics and that good people were now shunning the field.

"Do I look corrupt or a politician with no values?" Gandhi asked, sending the 500-odd students of Saint Aloysius College into peals of laughter. In this context, he noted that reforms were needed to improve the present political system.

The 39-year-old Lok Sabha MP, who is on a two-day tour of Madhya Pradesh, called upon the students to join politics and contribute to nation building.

The students also raised the issue of how elections in the colleges often led to violence in the campus and that good students were not contesting  out of fear.

To this, Gandhi, who is in-charge of the Youth Congress and the party's student wing NSUI, insisted that good students should come forward and join politics to serve the country.

It is a bitter truth that the doors of entry into politics are closed to 90 per cent of the country's population, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said in Bhopal on Monday .

Interacting with students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) here this evening, Rahul said that there were three or four ways of entering into politics. The first is to enter politics through use of money or power. 

Secondly, he said, amidst laughter, one could enter politics if he or she had relatives already in the field, and for this, he himself was an example. 

Thirdly, he said people can enter politics if they know some politicians and added that the fourth, which was the toughest way was to work for the people, raise issues concerning them and then join politics.  Pointing out to the hall, where he was addressing the students, Rahul said that among the 250 students in the hall only 15 of them might be knowing some politicians and this could make it easy for them to join politics. PTI