‘Politics Belongs to the People,’ Says Congress’ New President Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi officially took charge as Congress president in a ceremony at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi.  At a ceremony held on the lawns of the party’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters in Delhi, the 47-year-old accepted a certificate for his promotion, watched by Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh on the stage.

“Congress took India to 21st century, but the Prime Minister is taking us backwards, to medieval times, where people are being butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat,” Rahul Gandhi 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”, he said.

“Foreign policy is in tatters, everything is subservient to one leader, his personal image…they can only defeat us if we back down, we have to stand up to them, the Congress won’t back down” , He said. He asked the workers and leaders of the party to step forward and stall BJP’s “attempts to spread violence”. ”It is with deepest humility I accept this position knowing that I will always be walking in the shadows of giants.” , Rahul concluded his speech.

“I was terrified when I took over the Congress 20 years ago, my hands were shaking. I didn’t know how I would manage, I had no political experience” , Sonia said in her farewell speech.  Looking moved, Rahul Gandhi kissed his mother Sonia Gandhi after her speech.

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