Punjab Congress leadership on Saturday claimed to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the new Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Punjab Congress chief and Member of Parliament (MP) from Gurdaspur, Sunil Jakhar on Saturday said that the Congress was going to form the Union government after winning parliamentary polls to be held in 2019.

Jakhar attended Rahul Gandhi’s office assuming ceremony in New Delhi along with former MP Parneet Kaur and state Local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. Jakhar claimed, the Congress party was the past and future of the country. The party cadre is excited with the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. Especially youth cadre is encouraged to work under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, he said.

He further said that at present, there are big challenges before the country and Congress is the only party which could bring the country back on the path of progress. He said that the people of the country have seen how the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has handled trade, industry and agriculture sector in the country on the brink of destruction of these sectors. He said that in the general election of 2019, Congress party will win under the leadership of Rahul and will form government in the Center.

In his first speech after officially taking over as Congress president on Saturday, Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking India down a ‘medieval path’ and that people are being ‘butchered’ for what they eat. He invited the youth of the country to build a ‘compassionate and loving’ India.

Meanwhile, parts of Lutyens’ Delhi were dotted with posters hailing Rahul Gandhi’s ascension with some of them describing the development as the beginning of a New India.

Gandhi succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years.

Rahul entered electoral politics in 2004. He was appointed as the party general secretary in 2007 and was then elevated as its vice president in January 2013.