Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president

Congress President Rahul Gandhi during his coronation ceremony

Rahul Gandhi appointed Congress new president

Newly-elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday shed light on the objectives of Congress party under his leadership and said in an interview to the National Herald that he would usher the party towards greater democratisation and introduce new faces in the party.

"The Congress party took us into the 21st century but the prime minister today is taking us backwards to the medieval times where people are butchered for who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat", he said.

"I was so nervous that my hands were shaking", the 71-year-old Sonia remembered the day she assumed charge of the party that was hit by factionalism, desertions and virtually on the brink of oblivion in 1998. He said that in the general election of 2019, Congress party will win under the leadership of Rahul and will form government in the Center.

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She told hundreds of Congress leaders gathered on the AICC lawns how she had retreated into a shell following the assassination of her mother-in-law, the late prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

"Personal attacks on my son have made him fearless".

"Breaking away from tradition, this is the first time that the certificate for the new Congress president is being given out in front of party leaders and members", Janardan Dwivedi, senior Congress leader said while addressing the function. Youth Congress activists burst firecrackers to celebrate Mr Rahul's elevation.

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He also said that while the BJP wanted to wipe the Congress from the country's political map, the Congress considered BJP members its brothers and sisters.

He has led the Congress campaign for the election, winning the backing of some influential caste groups who say they have been left behind by an economic boom in the prosperous western state.

The fifth-generation scion looked out of place and came across as a reluctant politician until this year when he appeared more confident during his public appearances. "But today, politics is not being used in the service of the people, it is being used to crush them, not to lift them up", said Mr. Gandhi.

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