1. Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president, says politics devoid of kindness today

Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president, says politics devoid of kindness today

On Saturday morning, Rahul Gandhi took over as the Congress president, days after winning party's presidential election on Decembermber 11.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2017 12:16 PM
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On Saturday morning, Rahul Gandhi took over as the Congress president, days after winning party’s presidential election on Decembermber 11, The 47-year-old political leader took over the responsibility from his mother Sonia Gandhi who had been at the helm for last 19 years. After taking over he said politics devoid of kindness today. “Many of us are disillusioned by politics of our time. Today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth,” Rahul Gandhi said in his first speech as Congress president. Slamming the prime minister in his speech, he added, “Congress took India to the 21st century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times”.

Hitting out at the government further, Rahul Gandhi further said, ‘”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”.

“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,” the Congress president said.
Slamming the BJP, Rahul Gandhi further said, “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.”

Earlier in her last speech as Congress president, Sonia Gandhi said, “Indira ji taught me about the Indian culture. Her death completely changed me. I wanted to keep my husband and children away from politics. But, my husband had to take up the Prime Minister’s designation. Then, my husband was also killed. I lost my support. It took me years to come out of this,” she said.

On Friday, when asked about the new role in the party, Sonia Gandhi said, “My role is to retire”. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, current and former Chief Ministers, MPs, senior Congress leaders, and all PCC chiefs and delegates were present at the handing over ceremony

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    Murulidhara H
    Dec 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    After RG????? Others can hope now itself!!!!
    1. A
      Dec 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm
      1. As a citizen of a democracy like ours, I wish to send good wishes to Mr. Rahul Gandhi on his becoming President of g old Congress party (Indian National Congress). It is hoped that Mr. Gandhi will revive the party’s fortunes, perhaps beginning with Gujarat. 2. We know how, like all other parties, Congress too embraced opportunistic politics. What is the current scenario? For sheer survival the Congress party has to ally with parties like RJD in Bihar, NCP in Maharashtra Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. 3. Would the Congress abandon caste-based politics and go back to principled politics of pre-independence days? 4. Organisational structure of the party is weak in many States and efforts are required to strengthen it. After such efforts are put in, then perhaps it may be possible to re-invent the g old party. 4. I think a Congress win and change in the government in Gujarat will be good even for BJP too as it will be compelled to do some serious self-examination.
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        Kumar Gupt
        Dec 16, 2017 at 11:59 am
        Rahul Gandhi seemed to be highly keen to take over the reins of the Congress party despite being aware of the fact that his party is currently faced with highly turbulent political weather at the national level. For sure, his latest elevation to such a key position obviously expects him to behave more maturely whenever speaking from any public platform. Moreover, he needs to develop the necessary skill to make some inroads into the hearts and minds of the people by taking a cue from PM Narendra Modi who perfectly knows the art of touching the right chord of the masses and that too at the most appropriate time. Perhaps, Gujarat may be the case in example where he seems to have successfully turned the tables on all his political opponents if one believes in the exit polls that soon followed the polling here. However the rest will be known on December 18 when the cat will be finally out of the bag.

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