Parting thoughts: What legacy would Sonia Gandhi leave behind as Congress President?

All along the road leading to the Congress headquarters posters congratulating Rahul Gandhi were put up to mark the celebrations

In a hard-hitting speech targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Thursday warned the people of India to stand up against the forces who are not out to strengthen the country but weaken it.

Sonia Gandhi's relationship with opposition has been rather hard and not a cordial one as BJP has time and again raised question over her Italian roots, her nationalism, her ability to lead India and Sonia has like a true soldier faced all the problems and taken them head on and was exclusively responsible for Congress completing 10 years at the centre. Sonia Gandhi was the Congress President for 19 years.

The start of her presidency was hard and she faced many obstacles and questions were raised over her temperament, ability to lead such a big and diverse party. She entered politics in 1994, three years after the assignation of her husband, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The party questioned the Commission's decision on the ground that it did not initiate action against newschannels for airing BJP President Amit Shah's interview and union minister Piyush Goyal's press conference the same day. She was the longest serving Congress president but was keeping unwell for quite sometime.

Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised "I am Courage" event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament.

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Rahul, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister, has been her deputy since 2013 and led the campaign for the last general election.

Congress party workers let off firecrackers and cheered as they celebrated the announcement.

Exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for the Bharitya Janata Party's (BJP) in Modi's home state Gujarat as well as that in Himachal Pradesh.

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's elevation, the BJP has accused the party of doing a dynastic politics.

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