Youth join hands to contest polls

The youth alliance, Ilaignar Koottamaippu' aims at making youth to contest local body elections in October.

Chennai: Like-minded individuals have decided to bring together and train young individuals wanting to bring in social and political change to contest local body elections and to get involved in constituency works.

The youth alliance, ‘Ilaignar Koottamaippu’ aims at making youth to contest local body elections in October.

For the past two years, several organisations, which decided to work jointly towards this cause, toured 234 constituencies in the state reaching out to individuals willing to work towards social and political change.

The young people, who have come forward to be a part of the alliance, will be selected as candidates for elections through interviews.

A 20-member team will be responsible for the interview process. This team has been trained and prepared to look for like-minded individuals true to the cause and not benefit.

“Youth of our country can be seen active in every phase, be it science, technology and art, but no one wants to be in politics. Not only that, there is widespread corruption in which we ourselves get involved.

“These young people will be working with the constituencies irrespective of the party in power and when it is time for next elections, people should gain some trust in their work,” said Sharath, a software engineer involved in the work.

“Irrespective of bigwigs in Tamil Nadu politics, we want to see youth making a difference and coming to the fore. There is rampant corruption and the common people have the power to bring about a change. Like Kejriwal (Delhi Chief Minister) who managed to come up against huge political parties in Delhi, things should change in Tamil Nadu,” said S. Suresh Babu, a member of the initiative.

The aim is to get young people to work for the people and create an awareness against corruption and about individual responsibilities.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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