The new party president, the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the political outfit, has taken charge from his mother at a time when the party is facing one of its worst crises, with the BJP occupying the centrestage of national politics and getting increasingly robust in states. Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, MLC, said that the country needs the leadership of a young and dynamic leader like Rahul Gandhi to guide the country for the next generation.
In his first address as party president, Rahul charged BJP of indulging in divisive politics and said "Congress took India to 21st century, but the prime minister (Narendra Modi) today is taking us back to the medieval times".
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Speaking of expansion of the party and his intent to democratise its functioning further, Rahul Gandhi said, "We would like to bring in as many new faces, young faces, exciting faces and dynamic faces (as we could)". "They break, we unite. They get angry, we spread love", he added. They light the fires, we diffuse. He asked his party men to stand up to the BJP, saying anger and hatred can not defeat the party.
"A fragmented Congress was in power in just three states â€" Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Nagaland and BJP had just been elected to power at the Centre under the leadership of BJP stalwarts, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Home Minister L K Advani. "Our country, whose philosophy and history is born out of love and compassion, is tarnished by such horror and no amount of hugs can fix the damage done to this great country of ours", said Gandhi. "It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism, and our hope for politics always rests", he said.
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Gandhi succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years.
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. He was appointed as the party general secretary in 2007 and was then elevated as its vice president in January 2013.
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