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