"Our opposition markets better, works less. We work more but aren't good at marketing," he said during a brainstorming session at the National Congress' Consultation for the National Youth and Students' Manifesto here.
Congress was the only party that could take every Indian together - rich, poor, Hindu or Muslim, he told the close-door session attended by young Indians from varied backgrounds, including students, professionals, innovators, activists, researchers, artists and panchayat representatives.
The Congress Vice-President said the fundamental reason for inadequate space for the youth in politics was the process of selecting candidates.
"The fundamental reason why there is inadequate space for the youth in politics is that the process of entry and promotion are not transparent. The real problem is the process of selecting candidates," he added.
"Does any party ask the people who the candidate from their area should be" he told the participants who were joined by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, Union Ministers Manish Tewari, Sachin Pilot and Jitendra Singh.
Infosys co-founder and head of Aadhar programme Nandan Nilekani, who is planning to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore on Congress ticket, was also in attendance.
Gandhi stressed that bringing about a change involved creating institutions and processes that empower people. "Building systems takes time, it is not easy as it looks," he said.
Gandhi, whose remarks were circulated to the media, said true empowerment needs to be sustainable and long-term. "Short term empowerment is in fact disempowerment."
Gandhi said the country needs to open up higher education system and link it to the industrial system, NGO system and various other systems.
Responding a comment made by a participant from West Bengal on the atrocities against women, Gandhi said one of the biggest problems in the country is the lack of power women have and the way they are treated.
"If I want to bring about one change, it would be the empowerment of women," he added.
He said true governance is that which provides dignity and respect to people and ensures their voices are heard.
This was the third consultation held by Congress to secure suggestions for its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Tewari said.
The proces of preparing the manifesto by public consultation stems from Congress' "commitment towards ensuring that governance truly reflects people's voice", he said.
Asked why Congress was trying to get connected to people now and had not done in the last ten years of its rule, Tewari said "it is neither late nor do we carry (any) baggage. It is in time. It is approved."
Tewari said Congress brought transformation in the country through various policies, including Food Security Act and Right to Information Act, and now the party wanted to take it to the next level.
"Therefore, we are in a process of taking the high road to development ... so that India could occupy the rightful place in the commity of nations," he added.