NEW DELHI, Dec 11 - Rahul Gandhi was elected the Congress president today, marking a generational shift in the grand old party and becoming the sixth member of the influential Nehru-Gandhi clan to occupy the post.
He will take over the reins of the party from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who steered it through success and failure for 19 years, the longest in the party�s 132-year history, on December 16.
Mullappally Ramachandran, the chief of the Congress�s central election authority, announced Gandhi�s election today, the last day for withdrawal of nominations, when the 47-year-old leader, who appeared to have lately undergone a transformation � from the tentative to the assertive �was busy canvassing for the party in Gujarat.
�Since the withdrawal of date/time is over and as there is only one candidate (Rahul), as per Article XVII (d) of the constitution of the Indian National Congress, I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as president of the Indian National Congress,� Ramachandran told a press conference.
�I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress president. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure,� Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted from his personal twitter handle @narendramodi. � PTI