Bursting firecrackers, dancing to drumbeats and distributing sweets, party workers from across the country thronged the Congress headquarters in the national capital on Saturday morning ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s coronation as the chief of party.
The 47-year-old is set to receive the certificate of being elected as the president from the party’s central election authority that oversaw the organisational polls, at a function at around 11 am.
With no other candidate in the fray, the Gandhi scion was elected the Congress President unopposed on December 11. He had filed his nomination papers on December 4.
His elevation comes just two days before the Assembly election results of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
The Gandhi scion had spearheaded the Congress campaign in Gujarat assembly polls and with all exit polls predicting a loss for the Congress, the celebrations are likely to be cut short.
Rahul Gandhi will take over the reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who held the top post for 19 years, the longest serving Congress chief who has helmed the party since 1998.
He is the 49th president of the party and the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the top post in its 131-year-old history.
He became the Congress Vice President in January 2013 and his elevation has been much talked about in party circles for around two years.
The country’s oldest party had to complete the entire electoral process by December 31 as per the deadline set by the election commission.