Jayant, Rahul woo first-time voters, Gen Next
The young leaders, Chaudhary, 33, grandson of former prime minister Charan Singh and Gandhi, 41, grandson of late prime minister Indira Gandhi and son of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, are prominent youth leaders of their parties, which have tied-up for the state polls.
"All those who are voting for the first time raise your hands," said Gandhi at the meeting and hundreds of youngsters, some of them standing on boundary walls and roofs, raised their hands in response. "You, people have a special opportunity and responsibility. You can bring development to Uttar Pradesh," he said to sustained applause from thousands of people who packed the local Vaish College grounds in this town, 100 km from Delhi.
"Feb 28 is going to be a day which will mark a new history in a new direction for the youth and the people at large," Chuadhary told the audience, hinting at the polling day in the western parts of ther state. The meeting had another youth icon, former cricketer-turned-MP, Mohammed Azharuddin, who hailed Gandhi's consistent work for development of Uttar Pradesh and appealed for support.
"I understand there are 135 seats in western Uttar Pradesh. If not a century, the Congress-RLD should at least score 99," said the former Indian team captain.