India depends on you to transform politics of fear into politics of hope: Manmohan Singh to Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress president, taking over from his mother Sonia Gandhi who headed the party for 19 years.india Updated: Dec 16, 2017 12:48 IST
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi was taking over as the new Congress president amid “disturbing trends” as “politics of fear” was taking over the “politics of hope” in India.
“Rahulji is taking over as president of our party at a time when there are certain disturbing trends visible in our politics,” Singh told a gathering at the Congress headquarters after Rahul was formally declared the head of the country’s oldest party. (Read LIVE updates here)
He noted that a “distinguished academician” has pointed out that “there are dangers that politics of fear will take over the politics of hope” in the country.
“Rahulji, we depend upon you to transform and sustain politics of hope,” the Congress leader said.
Singh said Rahul had been trained for a long period and had already looked after many activities of the Congress for many years now.
“Rahulji brings in a new sense of dedication and commitment, a new sense of leadership with courage and humility...Under your leadership, our party will gain new heights... May your path be blessed.”
He said it was “a unique day in the history of the Congress” with Sonia Gandhi handing over the reins of the party to her son.
He said during the last 19 years as the Congress president, Sonia, “provided a powerful leadership”.
“Today is a historic day for India... Please pardon me if I get somewhat emotional,” Singh said.
“Now that Soniaji is handing over the reins of the party to Rahulji, we salute Soniaji for uniting the leadership, something that she has been doing for the last 19 years.”