12/12/2017 3:18:25 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Rahul Gandhi was elected unopposed as Congress president on December 11. He will take over from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, in a ceremony on the lawns of the party’s 24 Akbar Party headquarters in Delhi on December 16.
Gandhi, 47, was campaigning in Gujarat for the ongoing Assembly elections when his election was made official in Delhi.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet: "I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress president. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure." “Thank you for your good wishes Modi ji,” responded the new Congress chief on Twitter.
Power has passed to the fourth generation of India’s most influential political dynasty with the election of Rahul Gandhi as the president of the Indian National Congress. His mother was the longest serving party president, with 19 years at the helm.
The Congress, India’s largest opposition party, is at a low point in its 132-year history.
It won less than 20 per cent of the popular vote in the seismic 2014 general elections which catapulted Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power. It secured just 44 – or 8 per cent -- of the 543 parliamentary seats in its worst performance ever.
Since then, the Congress has lost elections in half-a-dozen states, and is now in power in only two big states - Karnataka and Punjab - and three other smaller ones. Its prospects in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections look mixed.
Apparently unfazed by the challenge, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on assuming the leadership: “A heartfelt thank you to everyone for the tremendous support and good wishes you have showered on me. It is an honour for me to work for the ideals of the Congress party and through it for our great country.”