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The Youth Congress president was on a mission to Kerala: talent search. The youth wing of the national party is practically inactive in several States. Hence was the need for the national leaders to visit the States in search of identifying suitable leaders for the State units.

In the olden days, youth congress leaders used to be elected from the lower levels and many an eminent leaders had come up that way. This is no more the order of the day. The Youth Congress president and other office bearers being the nominees of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, they cannot think of elections. So, they decided to take a leaf from those organising scholarship examinations for students, and from the corporates who hold interviews to recruit employees.

However, as soon as the interview team landed in Trivandrum, some youth congressmen themselves asked what was the qualification of the Youth Congress president, who got his position by nomination, to be the interviewer not to speak of the others. At least someone like Mani Sankar Iyer should have been included in the interview board.

The Senior Congress leaders in the State too were not happy with the proceedings of the Youth Congress president. They were going lose the chances of influencing the nominations if the Youth Congress president selects people on merit. Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy just avoided a critical comment by stating that the Youth Congress was an independent organisation capable of deciding its course!