Rahul Gandhi, who was on Monday elected the Congress party’s President, thanked all for their support and good wishes and said “it is an honour for him to work for the party and the country”.

“A heartfelt thank you to everyone for the tremendous support and good wishes you have showered on me,” Gandhi tweeted.

“It is an honour for me to work for the ideals of the Congress party and through it for our great country,” he added.

The 47-year-old Gandhi will formally take over the reins of the party on December 16, two days before the counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, the outcome of which could be a trendsetter ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.