Next Congress president “Rahul Gandhi is”
Rahul Gandhi on Saturday formally took over as the next Congress president of Indian National Congress, taking the mantle of the country’s oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Saturday.
The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at 24, Akbar Road, housing the party headquarters.
The ceremony was marked by loud celebrations as scores of Rahul Gandhi supporters danced to upbeat tunes, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the party office in New Delhi.
“This is historic. It is also a joyous day for the country and Congress. It is also emotional,” Ramachandran said after he gave Rahul the certificate.
Rahul took over the reigns of the party from his mother, Sonia, who helmed the party for 19 long years.
Speaking at the event after he took over as Congress president, Rahul asked party members to stand up to BJP, saying anger and hatred cannot defeat his party. “Today, BJP is trying to ignite the fire and spread hatred. We are trying to douse it,” he said.
“I want Congress to become an instrument of dialogue with the people of India,” he added.
Before Sonia stepped down as party chief, she addresses the gathering. Thousands of Congress workers outside the AICC headquarters watched Sonia’s emotional address and raised slogans. They hailed her by burning crackers and beating drums.
“Since 2014, we have been playing the role of opposition. The challenge that we face today, is the biggest one. Our constitutional values are being attacked. Our party has also lost many elections but our party will never bow down.” said Sonia