Rahul Gandhi Officially Takes Over As Congress President From Sonia Gandhi

| December 16 , 2017 , 11:16 IST

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi has officially taken over as the next Congress party President on Saturday, taking over the role from his mother Sonia Gandhi who is the longest running party president, having led the party for 19 years.

On December 11, it was confirmed that Rahul Gandhi will be the next Congress President since no other candidate submitted a nomination for the internal election, but the official awarding of the certificate took place on Saturday, amidst great fanfare. 

The elevation of Rahul Gandhi in the place of his mother is being seen as a significant generational shift in the oldest political party in India, which reportedly may have trickle-down effects as well. According to reports, over the next few months, as Rahul forms his team, the 'old guard' leaders of the party may be moved to advisory roles. Veteran Congress leader and out-going president Sonia Gandhi will also continue to provide guidance to the party.

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Rahul Gandhi led the extensive campaigning of the Congress party in Gujarat, where the party is attempting to return to power after a span of 22 years. The Congress scion personally conducted numerous roadshows, rallies and visits in Gujarat, bringing in other stalwarts as well, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to campaign in Gujarat.

However, based on multiple exit polls, despite the efforts of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress is predicted to be defeated by the ruling BJP by a considerable margin. Exit Polls of Himachal Pradesh, which is currently ruled by the Congress, also indicate a possibility that the Congress may lose out to BJP.

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.