1. Live: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses crowd, says PM Modi taking us back to medieval times

Live: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses crowd, says PM Modi taking us back to medieval times

Rahul Gandhi has been crowned as the new Congress President, heralding a beginning of a new era.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2017 12:53 PM
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. (ANI)

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:

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

12:00 pm: Watch Rahul Gandhi addressing prople for the first time as Congress President:

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

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

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:

11:18 am: Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress President; Watch full video here:

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.

11:07 am: Also Read| Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president

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.

10:45 am: Also Read| Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president today but party wants Sonia to stay as ‘mother’

10:44 am: A walk down the memory lane; Congress shares this journey of Congress President Sonia Gandhi

10:43 am: Watch Rahul Gandhi vido here:

10:42 am: Official Congress Twitter handle shared:

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:

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.

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.

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    Bandra
    Dec 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    All over the civilised world religion is considered to be a private affair. State and religion are being separated but in India Politics are being fought in the name of religion. All men are equal under the law. Even Saudi Arabia is slowly being modernised but in India the wheel is being reversed. If the present ruling politicians have their way they will take India back to the dark ages by exploiting religious sentiments dividing society based on caste, religions etc etc. There are many politicians in India who are hypocrites who do not practice what they preach in their own private lives but are interested in lecturing others on how to live their lives.
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      Rabi Mishra
      Dec 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
      If Modi is taking us to medieval times (thanks for your sharp iq) where you taking us Rahul baba????
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      1. Bhiku Pati
        Dec 16, 2017 at 11:13 am
        BEGINING OF A NEW OF A NEW ERA FOR THE CONGRESS PARTY
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          Rabi Mishra
          Dec 16, 2017 at 1:22 pm
          Wait lovingly for the disaster to come.
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