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Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 16, 2017

Rahul Gandhi (extreme left) with Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after he assumed charge as Congress president in the Capital on Saturday. -- Kamal Narang

Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and husband Robert Vadra watch as Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president in the Capital on Saturday. - Kamal Narang

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi addresses the inaugural function of the birth centenary celebration of the late Baby John at Thaikkad in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI12_14_2017_000145B)

Rahul Gandhi today took charge as the president of the Congress in the presence of the 132-year-old party’s top brass and his family members.

The Congress’ central election authority (CEA) handed him the certificate of his elevation to the top post during a grand event held on the lawns of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters here.

47-year-old Rahul Gandhi was handed over the certificate in the presence of his mother and predecessor Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders.

While handing over the certificate, CEA chairman Mullappally Ramachandran termed the moment as “historic“. There was chaos outside the AICC headquarters, where the Congress workers gathered in large numbers for the event, making it difficult even for the senior party leaders to enter the venue.

Meanwhile, parts of Lutyens’ Delhi were dotted with posters hailing Rahul Gandhi’s ascension with some of them describing the development as the beginning of a New India. Rahul Gandhi succeeds Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years. Rahul Gandhi entered electoral politics in 2004. He was appointed as the party general-secretary in 2007 and was elevated as its vice-president in January 2013.

Published on December 16, 2017
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