Confirmed on Monday, Rahul Gandhi has been elected as the new President of India’s oldest political party and currently the main opposition party – Indian National Congress. On December 16th, Gandhi will officially take over the helm of 132-year-old party’s presidential post, which is currently held by his mother Sonia Gandhi.

47-year-old Rahul Gandhi is the scion of India’s unofficial ‘first family’ – the Gandhis, he is the son, grandson and great grandson of three former Prime Ministers of India: Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Incepted in 1998, the Indian National Congress is the oldest political party of India, which was once populated by legends like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The party ruled over India for most of the 70-years after independence in 1947 and hence, Rahul Gandhi has big, big shoes to fill in.

With being elected as the President of Congress, Rahul Gandhi will take over reigns from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who has led the party since 19 years. Since there were no contenders for the post, Gandhi will be formally crowned on December 16, 2017. As Congress president, Sonia managed to win the support of political outfits of ideologies ranging from the left to the centre-right. Her efforts have successfully maintained the position of the party as main opposition, if not the ruling party. Rahul will be expected to do the same – to build and nurture alliance. Although his political career was started off with hesitance and reluctance, he was pulled down and personally targeted in the game of reigns during 2014 elections, Gandhi has managed to bring himself out during Gujarat Assembly elections 2017.

 

 

During election campaigns in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi and PM Narendra Modi had engaged in a bitter war of words, but taking account of Gandhi’s presidential election, Modi actually congratulated him. Taking it to Twitter, Modi wrote, “I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure”. Responding to that, Rahul Gandhi thanked PM Modi. Gandhi’s crowning will be held on 16th December, two days before the results of Gujarat Assembly Elections are to be declared.