“It was a private function so the party functionaries or other dignitaries were not allowed,” a senior Congress leader said.
Sonia Gandhi is currently vacationing in Goa, and a picture of the former Congress party president happily riding a bicycle that’s been posted by actor Riteish Deshmukh, has subsequently gone viral.
Moily said Sonia Gandhi has “managed the party very well” during her 19-year tenure as Congress president, adding that “she has to continue to be active in providing advice and, while running the party by Rahulji, she has to be behind him always.”
The decline in number of seats won in Gujarat by the BJP, despite the aggressive campaign of a popular PM Modi, a Gujarati and a son of the soil president in Amit Shah, is another cause of concern for it.
Nineteen years ago, speaking just a month after Lok Sabha elections in which the Congress had been routed and the BJP had gained, Sonia Gandhi had been introspective, though upfront, about what the party needed to do.
His party, the new Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, had brought India into the 21st century, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking it back to a “medieval past”.
Rahul Gandhi in his first speech as Congress chief attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to ‘fight the politics of anger with love’.
“You the leaders and workers of the Congress, are the custodians of the ideals and principles on which our nation was built. It is not power, wealth or self-importance that is our aim, it is this country.”
Expressing confidence in her son Rahul, she said that “personal attacks” on him have made him a fearless person. “I am sure he will lead the party with courage,” she said.
On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president at a time when the party finds itself in a severe political crisis. The transition bears an uncanny resemblance to the time when Sonia took over and the party clocked its worst performance since Independence in the 1999 elections, winning 114 seats.
Rahul Gandhi takes over a party she held together, a party that made possible Hindutva’s rise
Responding to Sonia Gandhi’s comment, Renuka Chowdhury said she would like to believe that their party leader would always be there to steer the grand old party in the right direction.
Sonia Gandhi has been the longest-serving president of the Congress; she was elected to the post in 1998.
Outgoing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s tenure in NAC raised hope that the two can work together.
He will take over the reins of the Congress from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the party’s longest serving president, on December 16, heralding a generational shift barely 14 months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.