In a major shift at the top of India’s grand old party, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over the reins of the Congress from his mother Sonia Gandhi who held the top post for 19 years.
The party’s Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi at around 11 am bringing the curtains down on Sonia Gandhi’s tenure.
The Gandhi scion was flanked by former PM Manmohan Singh and his mother on the state while sister Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra were present in the audience.
Celebrations began early this morning as party workers were seen dancing, distributing sweets and bursting firecrackers outside the Congress headquarter in Delhi.
With no other candidate in the fray, the Gandhi scion was elected the Congress President unopposed on December 11. He had filed his nomination papers on December 4.
His elevation comes just two days before the Assembly election results of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
The Gandhi scion had spearheaded the Congress campaign in Gujarat assembly polls and with all exit polls predicting a loss for the Congress, the celebrations are likely to be cut short.
The 47-year-old is the 49th president of the party and the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the top post in its 131-year-old history.
He became the Congress Vice President in January 2013 and his elevation has been much talked about in party circles for around two years.
The country’s oldest party had to complete the entire electoral process by December 31 as per the deadline set by the election commission.
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