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Monday , August 6 , 2012
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Youngsters from across Bengal will gather at Netaji Indoor Stadium on August 25 for the first state convention of the All India Trinamul Yuva, a youth wing of the Trinamul Congress.

Chief minister and Trinamul chairperson Mamata Banerjee, party general secretary Mukul Roy, state president Subrata Bakshi and other senior leaders of the party will speak at the three-hour- long programme.

Over 15,000 delegates between 21 and 40 years — the age limits for becoming a Trinamul Yuva member — are expected to attend the convention, which will start around 11am.

“This is the first time that the Trinamul chief will directly engage with, encourage and train 15,000 youths,” said Abhishek Banerjee, the national president of Trinamul Yuva.

Trinamul Yuva was launched just over a year back to bridge the gap between the party’s other two youth wings — the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad and the Trinamul Youth Congress.

The delegates attending the convention will be given a 45-page booklet a week before the event so that they are aware of the background of the organisation and prepared for an interaction with the chief minister.

“The chief minister will be asking delegates about Trinamul Yuva and trying to find out how well they know the organisation,” said Abhishek.

The booklet will have four sections. The first on the aims and objectives of the organisation, the second on Mamata’s struggle, the third on her role as the railway minister and the fourth on the party’s 400 days in government. The idea, said sources, is to make delegates understand that struggle goes hand in hand with a career in politics.

But Trinamul Yuva is not just about politics. Since its launch, it has organised several blood donation camps, youth rallies and other social activities.

The constitution of Trinamul Yuva mentions that the goals of the organisation include grooming future leaders, raising voice against crime and corruption, creating and identifying employment opportunities and developing leadership skills and promoting holistic development of the youth.

“Yuva is a new concept in the world of Indian politics. Its goal is to make young people good human beings. It is more than a political platform. It is a platform to hone skills and create thinkers and leaders who are all-rounders,” said Abhishek.

Trinamul Yuva has tennis star Leander Paes, critical care expert Subrata Moitra, state finance minister Amit Mitra, industries minister Partha Chatterjee and Trinamul chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien as advisers.