Congress workers celebrate in Kerala
Glimpse of the historic moment, as Rahul ji takes charge as the President, from 24 Akbar Road! #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi #ThankYouSoniaGandhi ji for your selflessly service to the party & the nation, you will always be our guiding light!pic.twitter.com/X1DJkGuRde— Bharat Solanki (@BharatSolankee) December 16, 2017
Rahul takes over reins of the Congress Party today from Sonia
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 the 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.
श्री राहुल गांधी ने कहा,’वो तौड़ते हैं, हम जोड़ते हैं.... मैं देश के युवाओं से कहूँगा...हम देश को प्यार से बढ़ाएँगे....साथ चलेंगे, बढ़ेंगे.... हम उनके लिए लड़ेंगे जो ख़ुद के लिए नहीं लड़ सकते.... हम हर नफ़रत को मोहब्बत से लड़ेंगे...ईस सेवा में हमें राजनीति के मायने बुनने हैं।’ pic.twitter.com/ulYywwGG82— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 16, 2017
'The Congress is guided by a sense of community'
Congress is an ancient idea. BJP would have you believe they are oldest idea in the universe,as usual this is not the truth.In India,thr are 2 ideas that hv clashed, idea of self vs the other.BJP are soldiers fighting for self. Congress guided by service of community:Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/AI3jiCWiAs— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
Rahul Gandhi accepts position as new party chief, say he realises the kind of lineage he inhereits
It is with deepest humility, that I accept this position (of Congress President) knowing that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants: Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/GCZJjBpl13— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
Rahul Gandhi will formally take over as chief of the Congress party on Saturday, from his mother Sonia Gandhi who had helmed the country's oldest political party for 19 years.
The entire process will be completed after the Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran hands over the Certificate of Election to the newly-elected president of the Congress.
His mother Sonia Gandhi on Friday announced that it was time for her to retire, triggering immediate speculation about her future plans.
The Congress party sought to quell it saying she has only retired from the party chief's role and not from politics.
She also added that Rahul Gandhi has been playing an active role in the last three years.
The 47-year-old Rahul Gandhi formally takes over the reins of the grand old party two days before the counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, the outcome of which could be a trendsetter ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, current and former chief ministers, MPs, senior Congress leaders, and all PCC chiefs and delegates will be present at the handing over ceremony.
Gandhi had been the party vice-president for over four years since 2013.
Rahul's main challenge remains the revamping of party organisation, apart from electoral battles in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 12:46:00 IST
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