Congress Clarifies: Sonia Gandhi Is Retiring From Presidency, Not The Party

| December 15 , 2017 , 14:00 IST

A day before Congress scion Rahul Gandhi officially takes over as the party president, the out-going Congress president Sonia Gandhi speaking to media on Friday, mentioned her retirement from the post of president, a statement that was misconstrued by media portals as a statement of overall retirement.

Congress party spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala issued a clarification on Twitter, saying "Would sincerely request friends in the media to not rely upon innuendos."

He clarified, "Smt. Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from politics. Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light."

The 71-year-old Sonia Gandhi, is the longest-serving president of the Congress party, retaining the post for 19 years after she became party president in 1998.

Rahul Gandhi, who became the Congress party president-elect unopposed on December 11, has risen steadily through the ranks of the party over the years. Beginning as the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress, he became the General Secretary of the Congress party in 2007. Rahul remained as the General Secretary till January 2013, when he was elevated to the post of Congress Vice President.

In his capacity as the Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi conducted extended campaigning in Gujarat ahead of the state assembly elections that recently took place.