Rahul Gandhi takes over as president of Indian National Congress party

19 December, 2017, 11:40 | Author: Diane Mills
  • All along the road leading to the Congress headquarters posters congratulating Rahul Gandhi were put up to mark the celebrations

Newly-elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday shed light on the objectives of Congress party under his leadership and said in an interview to the National Herald that he would usher the party towards greater democratisation and introduce new faces in the party.

Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion took over the Congress' reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, at a ceremony held at the party's 24 Akbar Road headquarters here.

Before Mr. Gandhi spoke, outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed her party members for the last time as the party president. "Prime Minister has his magic".

The Modi government has been under fire in the past several months for an increase in inter-faith violence, including attacks by vigilantes largely targeting Muslims for allegedly consuming beef or killing cows which are sacred to Hindus. He said that in the general election of 2019, Congress party will win under the leadership of Rahul and will form government in the Center.

"Personal attacks on my son have made him fearless". He is one leader who has higher popularity than the party's vote share.

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Gandhi's elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the U.S. in 2011, marks a generational shift in the party that is battling uncertainties both within and without, mainly in the form of onslaughts of its bitter rival, BJP. Youth Congress activists burst firecrackers to celebrate Mr Rahul's elevation. "I want Congress to become an instrument of dialogue with people of India", he said.

"This is not just sentencing of Koda but an answer to the Congress, who looted the tribals", Patra said.

However, surveys Thursday showed the BJP would sweep Gujarat as well as elections in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Nizamabad Special Correspondent adds: Party cadre across the erstwhile undivided district celebrated Rahul Gandhi assuming the AICC reins by bursting crackers, distributing candies, cutting cakes and dancing to the drum beats. "But today, politics is not being used in the service of the people, it is being used to crush them, not to lift them up", said Mr. Gandhi. "It will be important how he manages to bring changes in the party functioning, like bringing young leaders to the fore and overcoming opposition criticism about his leadership", she told AFP.

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