Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president updates: Will fight politics of anger, says new party chief

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Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president updates: Will fight politics of anger, says new party chief
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    Congress workers celebrate in Kerala

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    Celebrations in Bengaluru

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    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.

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  • 12:15 (IST)

    Kerala opposition leader Chennithala says a new era begins

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    'The Congress is guided by a sense of community'

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    Rahul Gandhi accepts position as new party chief, say he realises the kind of lineage he inhereits

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    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."

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    '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."

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    Rahul attacks Narendra Modi

    The prime minister is taking us back to a medieval past, Rahul Gandhi said.

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    "Many of us are disillusioned today because of the politics around us," Rahul Gandhi begins his speech

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    Sonia Gandhi on Rahul

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    Sonia Gandhi concludes her speech with "Jai Hind!"

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    'Our party will never bow down'

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    Rahul is my 

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    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.

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    Sonia Gandhi talks of the evolution of the party and her leadership over the decades

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    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.

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    Sonia Gandhi congratulates Rahul Gandhi on his elevation as Congress president, as she begins her final address as party chief

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    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." 

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    Manmohan Singh remembers the achievements of the Congress party under Sonia Gandhi's leadership.

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    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."

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    Supporters burst crackers as Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president

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    Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president

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    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.

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    Ceremony begins

    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.

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    Ceremony to elevate Rahul Gandhi as Congress president begins in New Delhi. Live feed:

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    Rahul, Sonia arrive for swearing-in ceremony

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    Rahul Gandhi leaves residence for the ceremony

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    Congress takes a 'pledge for a new movement'

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    Priyanka Gandhi arrives with husband Robert Vadra for the ceremony

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    Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy tweets thanking Sonia Gandhi for her service

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    As the gathering waits for Rahul Gandhi to arrive, a choir is presenting patriotic songs.

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    Congress remembers Sonia Gandhi's service as Congress president

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    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.

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    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.

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    Calling her a "guiding light", Congress expressed "utmost gratitude" to Sonia Gandhi for her role as party chief

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    Gujarat election has nothing to do with Rahul Gandhi's elevation: Congress leader RPN Singh

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    Estranged Congress member Shehzad Poonawalla takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi

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    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.

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    Venue where Rahul Gandhi will be handed over Certificate of Election at 11 am

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    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.

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    Rajasthani folk dancers celebrate outside Rahul Gandhi's residence

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.

File image of Rahul Gandhi. Twitter @OfficeofRG

File image of Rahul Gandhi. Twitter @OfficeofRG

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 PM

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