Newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hoisted the party flag at the party headquarters here, marking the 133rd Congress Foundation Day and accused the BJP of attacking the Constitution.

Presiding over the function for the first time as Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi addressed party workers at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office at 24, Akbar Road and asked them to defend the nation from the lies and deceit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The Constitution, the foundation of our country is under attack directly. Statements are being made by senior members of the BJP and it is under attack surreptitiously from the back,” Rahul said.

“It’s our duty… duty of the Congress party and every single Indian to defend the constitution and the right of every single Indian,” he added.

“The Congress party commits itself to work for truth and fight for truth. We might lose, we might suffer but we will never give up fighting for truth,” he said further.

The Gandhi scion was accompanied by senior party leaders including Ahmed Patel, Janardhan Dwivedi and Motilal Vora.

The Congress President also distributed sweets among children on the occasion.

Founded on December 28, 1885, the Congress held its first session on this day in Mumbai. It was attended by 72 delegates.

The state units of the Congress will also celebrate the day with a series of events during which tributes will be paid to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other Congress leaders.