Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president

Published at December 16, 2017 11:26 PM 0Comment(s)554views

Attacks PM, accuses BJP of spreading hatred


Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president

PTI

New Delhi, Dec 16:

 Rahul Gandhi Saturday took charge as the president of Congress in the presence of the 132-year-old party's top brass and his family members.
The Congress' central election authority (CEA) handed him over the certificate of his elevation to the top post during a grand event held at the lawns of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters here.
47-year-old Rahul Gandhi was handed over the certificate in the presence of his mother and predecessor Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders.
While handing over the certificate, CEA chairman Mullappally Ramachandran termed the moment as "historic".
There was chaos outside the AICC headquarters where the Congress workers gathered in large numbers for the event, making it difficult even for the senior party leaders to enter the venue.
Meanwhile, parts of Lutyens' Delhi were dotted with posters hailing Rahul Gandhi's ascension with some of them describing the development as the beginning of a New India.
Rahul Gandhi succeeds Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years.
Rahul Gandhi entered electoral politics in 2004. He was appointed as the party general secretary in 2007 and was elevated as its vice president in January 2013.
Soon after taking charge as the Congress president, Rahul launched a frontal attack on the BJP, accusing it of spreading hatred and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to medieval times.
Gandhi said the BJP is "fighting for itself", while the Congress is "fighting for everyone" in the country.
The Congress chief said he wanted the party to be an instrument of dialogue with people from all corners of the country, "all religions, all ethnicities, all ages and gender and for our dialogue to be led by love and affection".
He lamented that politics "was being used today to crush the people and not lift them up".
"The BJP is spreading hatred and communalism... they break, while we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it," he said.
"The Congress took India into 21st century, while the prime minister today is taking us backwards to medieval past when people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat," he alleged.
"This ugly violence shames us in the world," he said in his first address to party men after taking over as the Congress president.

 

 

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