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Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress President: Glimpses from his swearing-in ceremony

Rahul Gandhi formally took over as the 16th Congress President on Saturday. Taking on the power from Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving president of Congress; Gandhi was handed over the party's reigns at AICC headquarters.

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Rahul Gandhi formally took over as the 16th Congress President on Saturday. Taking on the power from Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving president of Congress; Gandhi was handed over the party's reigns at AICC headquarters. He was given the Certificate of Election by Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran. Earlier this week, Rahul was elected as the president by the party unopposed while he was campaigning for Gujarat election. A press release from the Congress said a total of 89 nominations were received in Rahul’s favour and they were found to be valid during scrutiny. Even though there was no other candidate who filed their nomination for the post, Ramachandran had said they would go by the book and the official announcement of his election would be made only on December 11, the last date of withdrawal of nominations. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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Sonia Gandhi, the outgoing President of the party said, "Today there is an attack on its constitutional values, but we are not the one who fear from those constant attack." She also urged Congress workers to safeguard the foundational values of the country. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

Rahul Gandhi in 2017

Of the 15 people who led the party post independence, four belonged to the Gandhi-Nehru family. With Rahul Gandhi taking over as the president, he will be the fifth from the family. (Source: Twitter/INC)

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Manmohan Singh said it was "a unique day in the history of the Congress" with Sonia Gandhi handing over the reins of the party to her son. "Rahulji brings in a new sense of dedication and commitment, a new sense of leadership with courage and humility." (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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. The Congress bounced back in 2004 and retained power in 2009 — it also won a string of Assembly elections from 2004 to 2014. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Priyanka Gandhi with Robert Vadra at AICC. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi

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Launching a scathing attack against PM Modi, the newly elected Congress President accused the prime minister of "taking India back to the medieval times". "ook India to the 21st Century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times... We are now being compelled to imagine that businesses can be built without harmony that only one man himself is the voice of reason, and that expertise, experience and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory," Rahul Gandhi said. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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Multiple party leaders including Priyanka Gandhi, Sushil Kumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, Sachin Pilot were present during the event. The Congress party leadership and workers also thanked Sonia Gandhi for her leadership. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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"Politics belongs to the people, but today politics is not being used for people. It is not being used to uplift people, but to crush them," Rahul Gandhi said. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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“Since 2014 we have been playing the role of opposition. The challenge that we face today is the biggest one. Our constitutional values are being attacked, our party has also lost many elections but our party will never bow down,” Sonia Gandhi said. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

Priyanka Gandhi and Rabert Vadra at AICC during Rahul Gandhi's Party President Celebration in Capital (Express Photo/Praveen Jain)

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"Rahul is my son. So I do not think to praise him is appropriate for me. But I would say that since childhood he had to bear the brunt of violence. After joining politics he had to face blatant personal attacks that have made him a stronger person," added Sonia Gandhi. (Source: Twitter/INC)

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"I want the Congress party to become an instrument for dialogue between all of us. From all corners of our great country. And our dialogue will always be led by light and affection," Rahul Gandhi said. (Source: Twitter/INC)

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“We consider the BJP as our brothers and sisters, but we do not agree with them. They (BJP) crush voices but we allow them to speak, they defame we respect and defend,” Rahul said adding that if there is anyone who can stop the BJP from what it is doing, it is the Congress which has love and affection for its people. (Express Photo by Praveen Jain)

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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. The Congress bounced back in 2004 and retained power in 2009 — it also won a string of Assembly elections from 2004 to 2014. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

DPCC President Ajay Makhan at AICC during Rahul Gandhi's Party President Celebration in Capital on Saturday (Express Photo/Praveen Jain)

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the party was making a new resolve for the country. “Today we are taking a pledge for a new movement in India. Free from fear, for freedom of expression, for eliminating discrimination, for promoting brotherhood and saving democracy.” (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Scores of Rahul Gandhi supporters broke into loud celebrations, shook their legs to upbeat music, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the Congress office here on Saturday ahead of his taking over as the new President of the Grand Old Party. (Source:Twitter/INC)