Rahul Gandhi has been crowned as the new Congress President, heralding a beginning of a new era. The process has been completed after Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to the newly-elected president of the Congress. On Friday Sonia Gandhi had announced her retirement which triggered speculations regarding the party’s future plans. Despite her retirement, the Congress stressed on the fact that she had only retired from the party chief position and not from politics though her role has not been specified. 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.
Rahul Gandhi Congress President Live Updates:
12:51 am: Ajay Maken tweets, ” A memorable tenure of 19 years! Proud to have the opportunity to work under your able leadership and guidance! We welcome the new chapter in Indian history, @OfficeOfRG with full support!
12:49 pm: Ghulam Ahmad Mir tweeted:
#ThankYouSoniaGandhi ji for ur selflessly service to the party & the nation. Proud to have the opportunity to work under ur able Leadership & Guidance!
Heartiest congratulations to @OfficeOfRG as he takes charge as National President of @INCIndia.#CongressPresidentRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/rCfQmRXREg
— Ghulam Ahmad Mir (@GAMIR_INC) December 16, 2017
12:15 pm: Best wishes to Rahul Gandhiji as he takes charge of Congress today, Congress party will continue to reflect the voice & aspiration of people under his able leadership: Arjun Modhwadia
Best wishes to Rahul Gandhiji as he takes charge of @INCIndia today, Congress party will continue to reflect the voice & aspiration of people under his able leadership! #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi #ThankYouSoniaGandhi ji for your selflessly service to the nation & the party! pic.twitter.com/fXAyxxl6bX
— Arjun Modhwadia (@arjunmodhwadia) December 16, 2017
12:00 pm: Watch Rahul Gandhi addressing prople for the first time as Congress President:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 16, 2017
11:58 am: And if there is anyone who can stop what the BJP is doing, it is the ‘pyara karyakarta & neta’ of Congress. We are going to make Congress, grand old and young party. We will fight the politics of anger: Rahul Gandhi
11:58 am: You have an example in front of you, once fire breaks out it is difficult to douse it, that is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be difficult to control. Today BJP has spread the fire of violence across the country: Rahul Gandhi
11:57 am: We are now being compelled to imagine that businesses can be built without harmony that only one man himself is the voice of reason. Expertise, experience and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory: Rahul Gandhi
11:55 am: Congress took India to 21st century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times: Rahul Gandhi
11:54 am: Many of us are disillusioned by politics of our time. Today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
11:53 am: Politics belongs to the people, but today politics is not being used for people. It is not being used to uplift people, but to crush them: Rahul Gandhi
11:35 am: Thank You Sonia Gandhi for the devotion & sacrifices you’ve made for the country while relentlessly fighting for uplifting the needy & the weak, tweets Congress
— UP Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) December 16, 2017
11:30 am: Sonia Gandhi’s speech disrupted by firecrackers
11:29 am: My beloved Congress workers. Today, I address you for the last time as Congress chief. We now have a hope of new leadership: Sonia Gandhi
11:27 am: Watch Video: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh felicitates Sonia Gandhi for all the work she has done for the Congress party
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 16, 2017
11:25 am: Rahul Ji, we depend on you to bring back politics of hope that India needs. I am sure the party will scale new heights of glory, says Manmohan Singh
11:23 am: Under Sonia Gandhi’s guidance, UPA government took some historic decisions. We salute Sonia Ji for magnificent leadership for so many years, says Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (CNN News18)
11:22 am: 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
11:21 am: We salute Sonia Gandhi for her magnificent leadership in the last 19 years, says Former PM Manmohan Singh
11:19 am: Watch former PM Manmohan Singh address crowd on the occasion of Rahul Gandhi’s coronation:
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 16, 2017
11:18 am: Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress President; Watch full video here:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 16, 2017
11:16 am: Today is a unique day in the history of the Congress party, says former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
11:14 am: Celebration outside AICC in Delhi as Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress President.
11:13 am: Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress President, handed over the certificate for taking over.
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11:00 am: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at AICC HQ for Rahul Gandhi’s swearing-in as Congress President; Sonia & Rahul Gandhi also seated at the stage.
10:59 am: Live: Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi arrive for coronation; Manmohan Singh also on stage
10:55 am: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra & her husband Robert Vadra reach Congress HQ at Akbar Road ahead of Rahul Gandhi taking charge as party President.
10:50 am: Gandhi scion leaves residence; heads for party headquaters
10:48 am: Congress workers march from Rail Bhavan to All India Congress Committee office at 24, Akbar Road ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s takeover as the President of Congress Party.
10:44 am: A walk down the memory lane; Congress shares this journey of Congress President Sonia Gandhi
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
10:43 am: Watch Rahul Gandhi vido here:
10:42 am: Official Congress Twitter handle shared:
The entire Indian National Congress family would like to convey our best wishes to incoming President Rahul Gandhi, and wish him a successful tenure as he continues to lead from the front. #CongressPresidentRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/3md3zzFYux
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 11, 2017
10:40 am: Congress leaders flock the Rahul Gandhi’s residence 12, Tughlak Lane before the coronation of the Gandhi scion
10:30 am: Rahul has been at constant loggerheads with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has mocked the government as “suit-boot government”, a reference to Modi’s monogrammed suit which he wore in the Republic Day meeting with Barack Obama in 2016.
10:29 am: This is what Randeep Surjewala tweeted:
आज लेंगें संकल्प देश के लिए नए आंदोलन की शुरुआत का-:
भय से मुक्ति का,
फासीवाद से लड़ने का,
अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी का,
भेदभाव मिटाने का,
भाईचारा बनाने का,
लोकतंत्र बचाने का।
नई उमंग, बढ़ते क़दम,
नई चुनौतियां और नवसर्जन,
भारत का स्वर्णिम आरोहन,
राहुलजी संग लिखेंगे कांग्रेस जन।
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 16, 2017
10:08 am: The change of guard is of utmost significance, given the fact that the grand old party secured a tally of just 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha general elections.
10:04 am: More visuals from Congress Headquarters, Congress leaders arriving ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s takeover as Congress President.
More visuals from Congress Headquarters, Congress leaders arriving ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s takeover as Congress President. pic.twitter.com/Tk7yyiIiGN
— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2017
9:45 am: Artists performing outside Congress Headquarters, ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s takeover as Congress President.
9:35 am: Party sources said that significant changes in the Congress Kerala unit were expected after Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party chief as he has preferred young blood in party posts.
9:33 am: Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state Congress President M.M. Hassan and Leader of Opposition in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala are among the state leaders who will be present at the ceremony.
9:30 am: Dance being performed as supporters gather outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence 12, Tughlak Lane, ahead of his takeover as Congress President.
9:23 am: Supporters & party workers burst crackers & raise slogans in support of Rahul Gandhi outside Congress HQ at Delhi’s Akbar Road, ahead of him taking over as the party president.
9:17 am: Visuals from outside Congress HQ in Delhi; sweets brought in, supporters continue to celebrate & raise slogans ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s takeover as party President.
9:13 am: 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 was the Congress President for 19 years.
9:00 am:Top Congress leaders from Kerala on Friday left for Delhi to be present when Rahul Gandhi takes over as the new party President on Saturday.
8:40 am: 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.