"My role is to retire" says congress head Sonia Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi takes charge as Congress president

Sonia told the news channel on Friday that Rahul has been helping her for years now with important decisions for the party. Ms. Gandhi Replied, "My role is to retire".

"My role is now to retire", she said sparking off speculation of her retirement from politics.

The Congress will throw a big bash in the national capital later today to celebrate its young leader's ascent to the highest executive position in the party, which has been held by several members of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The development came a day before Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi will formally take the party's charge on Saturday.

She herself has been at the helm of the party for the past 20 years, which lost the 2014 general elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. She also campaigned for her brother and mother in the past. Sonia Gandhi was the Congress President for 19 years.

But in recent years, Rahul Gandhi has been taking an increasingly active role in the affairs of the Congress party.

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. Rahul's official swearing-in as Congress president after Two days.

Sonia has been the longest-serving president of the Congress, having been appointed to the post in 1998 when the country was ruled by political stalwarts such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani.

"Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light", Surjewala said.

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