Shimla: Political heavyweights of Congress promoting their children in the field of ‘Rajneeti’ has been nothing new and the practice has trickled down from one generation to the other. The mere change in the process during the recent past has been that politicians have taken a different path to promote their children after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi intervened in the matter.

Earlier, the sons of such heavyweights used to have a easy entry into the political field, but after Rahul’s intervention and strictness, they too have to follow the democratic process. It has become mandatory for any youth to contest for Youth Congress elections to enter the Congress party.   

The change in the entering process was quiet evident in the organizational elections recently held in Himachal Pradesh. Heavy weights like Union Minister Virbhadra Singh, Ram Lal Thakur and GS Bali have used all possible power to bring in their sons into main stream politics.  

Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya, Ramlal’s son Vikash Thakur, Bali’s son Raghuvir Singh have already posted win the booth level committee elections of Youth Congress. Now their eyes are all set for the president’s post of state and district Youth Congress.

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son in order to uplift his political graph would be having five-day stay in the state.

The youth Congress elections on 7,200 booths in the state ended on Friday. Election for party’s youth wing is still to be held on 68 assembly and four parliamentary constituencies. Thereafter, the Congress will have an elect its youth president.

Even though the election notification for the state president has not been declared till now, the bigwigs of the state Congress have stepped up their efforts. The participation of the sons of the former two ministers of the state in Youth Congress president elections are clear signs in this context.

It is believed that for the Youth Congress president of Shimla and Kangra district would witness tough competition. Vivek Kumar, former chairman of the NSUI earlier had plans to contest for the president post but after Vikramaditya Singh in the race, he changed his plans.

(JPN/ Agencies)