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16 December 2017, 09:09 | Tara Lloyd
Sonia Gandhi has retired as president of the party, not politics: Congress
A day before Rahul Gandhi takes over the Congress, the outgoing party president and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, said on Friday that her role is to "retire" now, indicating she is taking a backseat in the party's affairs.
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.
Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's elevation, the BJP has accused the party of doing a dynastic politics. "Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light", he said.
"Free from fear, for freedom of expression, for eliminating discriminations, for promoting brotherhood and saving democracy".
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.
Sonia Gandhi said her role now "is to retire", but later Congress leader Randeep Surjewala clarified in a tweet she will not retire from politics altogether, just from her current role.
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The entire process would be completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran hands over the Certificate of Election to the newly-elected Congress president.
Rahul Gandhi had been the party Vice President for over four years since 2013. The 2009 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a repeat of 2004 polls with Sonia leading the party from the front.
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