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 chooses his words on BJP carefully
Rahul Gandhi way of attacking BJP while also saying good words resembles to Mark Antony's speech in Julius Caeser during Caeser's funeral. Rahul says, "We consider BJP as our brothers and sisters but we don't believe in their politics and way of functioning."
'Woh aag lagate hain, Hum bujhate hain'
Now Rahul Gandhi decides to address in Hindi to attack BJP. He says,"Woh todte Hain, Hum jodte Hain; Woh aag lagate hain, Hum bujhate hain (They break, while we fix. They incite, we solve the issue). Aap mere parivaar ho, Main aapko Mera pyar dena chahta hoon (You're my family, I want to give you my love."
Rahul attacks Narendra Modi
The prime minister is taking us back to a medieval past, Rahul Gandhi said.
"Many of us are disillusioned today because of the politics around us," Rahul Gandhi begins his speech
Sonia Gandhi on Rahul
Rahul is my son, so I do not think for me to praise him is right but I would say that since childhood he had to bear the brunt of violence, after joining politics he had to face blatant personal attacks, that have made him a stronger person: Sonia Gandhi pic.twitter.com/0B1XzHvp6g— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
Sonia Gandhi concludes her speech with "Jai Hind!"
'Our party will never bow down'
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: Sonia Gandhi pic.twitter.com/GFoxWcizp0— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
Thousands cheer along Sonia's final speech as Congress president
Thousands of Congress workers outside the AICC HQ watching Sonia Gandhi's emotional address and raising slogans. They are hailing her by burning crackers and beating drums.
There is free distribution of laddoos, amarti and jalebi outside HQ to party workers and the large gathering.
Sonia Gandhi's speech gets interrupted due to incessant bursting of firecracrackers
Due to heavy fireworks, Sonia Gandhi has to stop for a while from addressing. Despite announcements, the party workers are in no mood to listen and they are continuing with their bursting of high-decibel firecrackers outside the Congress HQ. Sonia is waiting patiently for the celebration to take a halt so that she can address.
Sonia Gandhi congratulates Rahul Gandhi on his elevation as Congress president, as she begins her final address as party chief
Now that Sonia Ji is handing over reins of the party to Rahul ji we salute Sonia Ji for uniting the leadership, something that she has been doing since 19 years. Rahul Ji brings a new sense of dedication & commitment (as party president) :Manmohan Singh at AICC pic.twitter.com/zFW63ojOv0— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
Today is a unique day in the history of the Congress party. Smt Sonia Gandhi has been the leader of the party for the last 19 years. During this period Smt Gandhi provided a powerful leadership: former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh#CongressPresidentRahulGandhi #ThankYouSoniaGandhi— Congress (@INCIndia) December 16, 2017
Singh says the party has high hopes from Rahul
Manmohan Singh said, "Rahul Gandhi is taking over the leadership at a time when there are certain disturbing elements noticeable in politics today. Rahul ji, we depend upon you to transform politics of fear and sustain the politics of hope."
Manmohan Singh remembers the achievements of the Congress party under Sonia Gandhi's leadership.
Manmohan Singh congratulates Rahul Gandhi
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, speaking at the ceremony, congratulated Rahul Gandhi on his elevation and said, "Today is a unique day in the history of the Congress Party. You will forgive me if I do not become some emotional today."
AICC meeting proceeds amid loud cheers
Amid high-decibel slogans of Rahul Gandhi Zindabad, Sonia Gandhi Zindabad, Humaara neta kaisa ho Rahul Gandhi jaisa ho and burning of crackers, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and newly elected Rahul Gandhi under heavy security cover have arrived the venue.
The large gathering at the venue bursts in excitement and gives a standing ovation with slogans.
Constant announcements are being made not to burn firecrackers but party workers are in no mood to listen to it. They are visibly upbeat and bubbling with enthusiasm.
Veteran and senior Congress leaders like Motilal Vohra, Madhusudhan Mistry and Ahmad Patel have taken seats on the dias. High security including NSG has taken control of the venue. Who's who from Congress party like former Cabinet Ministers, chief ministers from Congress ruled states, CWC members, etc have occupied seats at the lawn.
Congress takes a 'pledge for a new movement'
Today we take a pledge for a new movement:— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 16, 2017
Free from Fear,
Free from Fascism,
Free from Prejudices,
For True Democracy,
New Energy, Newer steps,
New Challenges & Navsarjan !
Under the leadership of Rahulji,
We shall write a golden chapter for Our Nation! 🇮🇳
As we officially welcome Congress President Rahul Gandhi into his role, we look back on his character-defining moments, and look forward to his continued compassionate, integrity-fuelled leadership. #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi #ThankYouSoniaGandhi pic.twitter.com/YylvZdwG1J— Congress (@INCIndia) December 16, 2017
As the gathering waits for Rahul Gandhi to arrive, a choir is presenting patriotic songs.
Congress remembers Sonia Gandhi's service as Congress president
Take a walk down memory lane with us as we revisit Smt. Sonia Gandhi's journey in the Congress Party and say #ThankYouSoniaGandhi for her years of guidance, service and commitment to the Party and the country. #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/NMN7Hruvzd— Congress (@INCIndia) December 16, 2017
Celebrations outside AICC headquarters
There is high-decible celebration going on outside the AICC headquarters. Thousands of party workers, volunteers and followers from all across the states have gathered at 24 Akbar Road, and are playing drums and raising slogans saying Rahul Gandhi Zindabad. There are three long queues for men and women workers outside HQ gate waiting eagerly to have a glimpse of their next president.
The stage is set
The lawn of Congress headquarters is almost full with dignitaries, Congress chief ministers, MPs, MLAs, office bearers and workers. Congress Frontal organisation — Seva Dal — workers in white uniform and Gandhi topi are in-charge of the venue. Guests are eagerly waiting for the arrival of Rahul Gandhi.
Calling her a "guiding light", Congress expressed "utmost gratitude" to Sonia Gandhi for her role as party chief
To our longest-serving president Smt. Sonia Gandhi, who worked relentlessly for the ideals of the Congress Party, & through it for the country; we express our utmost gratitude. A guiding light you will always be. #ThankYouSoniaGandhi #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/4dgnanKeUT— Congress (@INCIndia) December 16, 2017
Gujarat election has nothing to do with Rahul Gandhi's elevation: Congress leader RPN Singh
#RahulCongPresident -- Gujarat elections has nothing to do with the elections or the president of the Congress party. We'll see what happens on the 18th: Congress leader, RPN Singh to @_pallavighosh pic.twitter.com/pfZqlLm4KS— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 16, 2017
Estranged Congress member Shehzad Poonawalla takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi
One who holds Limca World Record for Electoral Losses being crowned Shehzada of Congress! Rahul Gandhi should be mascot of BJP!Wherever he campaigns he ensures BJP victory! Exit polls (subject to 18thDec) show that too!I have met ECI officials-18th we start his dethroning! pic.twitter.com/eCnMb1Mvqt— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) December 16, 2017
Congress HQ decked up for Rahul Gandhi's elevation
The Congress headquarters at 24 Akbar Road dons a bridal look, a festive ambience all around, with a large number of party workers eagerly waiting to welcome their newly elected president Rahul Gandhi. The dais at the headquarter lawns, where the be Central Election Committee will hand over the certificate to Rahul, has been decorated with a white background and flowers. Top Congress leaders and Congress office bearers from states are making their way to venue.
Venue where Rahul Gandhi will be handed over Certificate of Election at 11 am
Image Courtesy: News18
Rahul Gandhi's elevation gives rise to speculation over Priyanka Gandhi's role
Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress chief has also set off speculation on Priyanka Gandhi’s future role. Will she contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli constituency, currently held by mother Sonia Gandhi? Sonia’s statement on Friday that her “job is to retire” had triggered buzz of the Congress leader quitting electoral politics. The party, however, has rushed to quell the rumours, saying Sonia was talking only about the Congress chief’s post.
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.
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