Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rahul Gandhi To Officially Take Over As Congress President Today

Rahul Gandhi To Officially Take Over As Congress President Today

It is also the record of the Congress Party's 125-year history being the longest president. Ms. Gandhi Replied, "My role is to retire".

When he takes over the mantle from his mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi will be the youngest President of the oldest political party in India. Sonia Gandhi would be the first one to admit that she was not a natural politician and became involved in politics because of circumstances.

"Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from politics", Surjewala said asking the media not to "rely on innuendos". Former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi are among them. With Sonia's retirement, questions are being raised on who will lead the UPA and contest from her Parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli. After losing the 1998 & 1999 general elections, it was time for honest introspection and Sonia gave it all and started taking the job seriously and became more confident and emerged as a leader.

Sonia Gandhi said her role now "is to retire," but later Congress leader Randeep Surjewala clarified in a tweet she will not retire from politics altogether, just from her current role.

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The announcement comes a day before her son, Rahul Gandhi, succeeds her as party president.

However, based on multiple exit polls, despite the efforts of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress is predicted to be defeated by the ruling BJP by a considerable margin.

Congress had been reduced to having governments in three states, but Sonia's perseverance over the years brought the party to power at the Centre in 2004 and gradually strengthened its position across the country.

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