[Newly elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi shares this historic moment with people of Savli, Vadodara, as he addresses a public meeting. (Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia)]
New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been elected new Congress President unopposed, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Central Election Authority announced on Monday.
"All India Congress Committee's Central Election Authority officially announces Rahul Gandhi as the President of the Indian National Congress", the official statement issued on Monday said.
"A total of 89 nomination proposals were received, all were valid. Since there was only one candidate", Congress leader and Returning Officer Mullappally Ramachandran, said.
"Rahul Gandhi will be handed over the certificate of his election as the party President on 16th December in AICC office", he added.
Rahul Gandhi was campaigning in Gujarat when the Congress president election was declared.
Soon after the announcement, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Entire country has lots of expectations from Rahul Gandhi. Much before he was elected he has shown his mettle. He knows his responsibility."
Rahul Gandhil is son of Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Rahul will take charge as president from his mother Sonia Gandhi who was president of the party for 19 long years.
Sonia assumed the charge of the Congress party in 1998 when chaos and confusion reigned supreme in the party. A fragmented Congress then ruled just four states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Mizoram and Nagaland and it had 141 members in the Lok Sabha. The party’s flagging fortunes forced her to come out of self-imposed political hibernation. And within six years under her leadership, the party’s fortunes swung considerably.
Interestingly, the situation is not much different today when Rahul is elected as the party's new president. Except for Karnataka, the Congress is ruling in none of India's major states. In the current Lok Sabha the Congress has just 46 MPs as against BJP which has 282 MPs out of the total 543.
Meanwhile, celebration broke out outside Congress office in Delhi after the official announcement of Rahul Gandhi as the Party President.