Rahul takes Congress' reins from Sonia

Published: December 11, 2017 - 18:07

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was elected on Monday, unopposed to the post of the party president, marking a generational change within the party.

He will replace his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who held the party reins for a record 19 years.

Making the announcement, the chairman of the Central Election Authority, Mullapally Ramachandran, said that it is a "historic occasion’’.

He further said that, Rahul will take over the reins of the party on December 16, at the party headquarters on 24 Akbar Road. Sonia will hand over a certificate appointing him as the undisputed head of the Indian National Congress.

Ramachandran said that the elevation of Rahul was completed according to the rules and processes stipulated by the Election Commission to ensure internal party democracy.  

He further said that neither the incumbent president nor any other leader intervened in the election process. It is noteworthy that Rahul was the only candidate in the fray for the post of Congress president.

The process for election of Congress president was started on December 1, with issuance of notification. The elevation of the Gandhi has come under stiff criticism from the BJP. This is what twitter had to say about Rahul’s succession.