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Oct 19, 2013 at 03:17pm IST

Modi woos students, says youth empowerment essential for development

Gandhinagar: In an attempt to woo students at the convocation of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya university in Gandhinagar, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday called the youth, the energy of the country. He said that it is essential to channelise the youth in the right direction as it could lead to development at a fast pace. "If we utilize the power of India's youth in the right manner, we can overcome the loss of the past 60 years," he said.

He also added that the education should have a global outlook and futuristic approach and should be such that it contributes to human development. "Our thoughts need to be in sync with the present time," he said.

He also added that he dreams of making Gandhinagar a solar city. "Many states in the country have a shortage of power today. We can overcome this and make Gandhinagar a solar city," he said.

He also attacked the Congress over the shortage of power in many states. "Power generation is not happening because there is no coal and the files are lost," he said adding that it was imminent that the situation be improved soon.

Modi also took a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and said that some people look towards the youth to attain power while for him youth is for empowerment of the country.