Congress workers celebrate in Kerala
Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president updates: Will fight politics of anger, says new party chief
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
'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'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
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.
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
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.
Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the post of party chief at its headquarters on 4 December amid cheers and enthusiasm by party leaders and workers
Manohar Parrikar blames Rahul's elevation on dynastic politics
During the motion moved in the Goa Assembly to congratulate Rahul, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar too joined to support the private member motion.
In his short speech, Parrikar said, "I call it an event though it completes the cycle of dynasty politics once more."
The 47-year-old Rahul 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
The process of Rahul's elevation today 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
Party workers burst crackers outside the Congress headquarter in New Delhi ahead of Rahul Gandhi taking over as president
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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.
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