Rahul Gandhi appointed Congress new president

19 December, 2017, 11:43 | Author: Jason Torres
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Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity is higher than the party vote share, while the reverse is true of the recently appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi, said chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

"The Congress party took us into the 21st century but the prime minister today is taking us backwards to the medieval times where people are butchered for who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat", he said.

"India is a young country and I am hopeful that the young leadership at helm will bring about a real change", she said while describing her two decade old tenure as "almost a lifetime".

Calling himself an idealist, Gandhi said current day politics in India is "devoid of truth and kindness and politics is being used to crush people".

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

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Rahul Gandhi makes his debut as Congress president

"When I joined politics as a 34 year old, I came into this world having watched the generation before me fight the structures of oppression, the structures whose very fuel is lies and silence". Modi has vowed to create a Congress-free India while working for the rise of Hindu nationalist forces.

"I accept this position with the deepest humility, with the knowledge that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants", Gandhi said in his acceptance speech which quickly became an attack on Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). We do not fight hate with hate. Meeting this challenge was not the achievement of one individual but the continued efforts of all of you. "Rahul Gandhi is just a symbol of dynasty politics as he succeeded none other than his mother Sonia Gandhi".

Gandhi's elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the USA 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.

Jakhar attended Rahul Gandhi's office assuming ceremony in New Delhi along with former MP Parneet Kaur and state Local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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