On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi said that “Like many Indians across the country, I’m an idealist” after taking over as Congress President from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who enjoyed the post for 19 years. The 47-year-old leader said in his first speech as the Congress President on the overcoming political atmosphere in the country and blasted an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Congress took India to the 21st century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times,” Gandhi said without taking the name of PM Modi. Gandhi hit at the PM and said that he alone has become the “voice of reason”. “We are now being compelled to imagine that businesses can be built without harmony, that only one man himself is the voice of reason. Expertise, experience, and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory,” Gandhi added. He later warned BJP against “setting the nation on fire” and alleged that they are blamable for spreading violence across the country.
“You have an example in front of you, once fire breaks out it is difficult to douse it, that is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be difficult to control. Today BJP has spread the fire of violence across the country,” the 47-year-old leader said. He further asked the party workers and leaders of the party to come ahead and stop BJP’s “attempts to spread violence”. “And if there is anyone who can stop what the BJP is doing, it is the ‘pyara karyakarta and neta’ of Congress. We are going to make Congress, grand old and young party. We will fight the politics of anger,” Gandhi added.
At the AICC headquarters in Delhi, Gandhi received the Certificate of Election from the party’s Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran at a ceremony, The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, current and former chief ministers, MPs, senior Congress leaders, and all PCC chiefs and delegates, as well as his sister Priyanka and brother-in-law Robert Vadra attended the ceremony.