Rahul Gandhi, commenced his two day Karnataka tour at Mysore in which he sought to connect to the youth as part of his Future of India and Youth Programme. The city of Mysore which is 120 kilometres away from Bangalore was buzzing with activity in the wake of his visit.
During his interaction with at the St Philomenas College in Mysore, he told the students and the other youth numbering around 600 present over there that the only way to move forward is to develop a questioning attitude. During the hour long interaction he said that one can grow only through questioning — question yourself, question others and question the people in authority.
Rahul Gandhi arrived at Bangalore early this morning and left for Mysore in a chartered flight at around 9.30 AM. On his arrival at Mysore he was immediately escorted to the college where he delivered the address and also interacted with the students.
He called upon the youth to join him in order to develop the country and said that the youth could play a vital role in the political arena as well. He also spoke about the need to join hands and fight the menace of terrorism and said that there is a need to eradicate it completely if the country needed to progress.
The students at Mysore were an excited lot but were in for a huge disappointment when they realised only 600 would be allowed to interact with Rahul Gandhi. Prior to the interaction they were given a list of dos and donts during the interaction.
Principal of the college Leslie Moras told students to refrain from asking personal questions and focus only on queries pertaining to the future of the youth and also education. The Police had a tough time trying to control students who tried to get close to the leader
After this interaction he left for Shimoga, the home constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa. Rahul is on a mission to mobilize the youth to join politics and will hold similar programmes in other states as well. He will also hold discussions with the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Student Congress, regarding the strategy to mobilize more youth into the movement.
After his meeting at Shimoga, Rahul will travel to Hubli where he will spend the night. On Saturday he will visit Gulbarga before coming back to Bangalore and then leave for New Delhi the same day.