Congress leaders queue-up to greet Rahul Gandhi

19 December, 2017, 11:40 | Author: Bert Pena
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President-elect of India's Congress party Rahul Gandhi is seeking an alliance with the communists, saying he wanted to ask his "friends in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) whether they actually want to fight the fascist forces in the country".

Gandhi took the baton from his mother Sonia Gandhi on Saturday at a party function at a time when it's losing power to Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party since 2014.

Speaking soon after taking charge, the newly elected president launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.

The party cadre is excited with the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. Rahul, wearing a long flowing white kurta, smiled and waved from the dais adorned with posters of his late grandmother and father, former prime ministers Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. He expressed confidence that under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, the party would make a comeback in the entire country. She helped the Congress win the general elections in 2004 and 2009.

Gandhi's elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the U.S. in 2011, marks a generational shift in the party that is battling uncertainties both within and without, mainly in the form of onslaughts of its bitter rival, BJP.

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"Personal attacks on my son have made him fearless".

Gandhi succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years. Slogans of "long live Rahul" were shouted as hundreds of supporters danced and burst firecrackers.

After a bitter campaign in Gujarat, the Congress president attempted to show his idealism when he called BJP members his brothers and sisters.

Nizamabad Special Correspondent adds: Party cadre across the erstwhile undivided district celebrated Rahul Gandhi assuming the AICC reins by bursting crackers, distributing candies, cutting cakes and dancing to the drum beats. Gurpreet Mahajan, a political studies professor at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, said Gandhi faces a tough task.

"If he is able to bring changes at the grassroots level that can give a new direction to the party that has been struggling in face of a resurgent BJP".



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