NEW DELHI: A day before son Rahul Gandhi assumes charge as Congress president, mother Sonia Gandhi on Friday announced retirement from politics.
‘My job is to retire,’ the 71-year-old reportedly told media persons on the Day 1 of the Winter Session of Parliament.
Even as the news reports announced Sonia Gandhi’s retirement, the Congress has put out a clarification.
In a tweet, party spokesperson and Randeep Surjewala said that “Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from politics.”
“Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light,” he said.
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Randeep S Surjewala
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Smt. Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from politics. Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light.
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The longest-serving Congress president, Sonia Gandhi held the post for 19 years.
The announcement, however, won’t affect her role as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party.
Till 2019, she will remain the Chairperson of the CPC and carry out her duty.
After that, she is likely to take up the role of party mentor.
From a quiet daughter-in-law to a brilliant politicians, Sonia Gandhi has carved a niche for herself.
The move comes just days after Rahul Gandhi was elected as the Congress president on December 11.
But, while expectations are high, Rahul Gandhi will need to fill the shoes of his mother.
Rahul Gandhi’s era begins at a time when the Congress has lost most of its political power. The Congress has been losing state after state since the 2014 Lok Sabha election with the exception of Punjab.
Rahul Gandhi’s elevation would come just two days ahead of the counting of votes for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll.
A sure-footed Rahul Gandhi powered a spirited campaign for the Congress in Gujarat, and a win in the election, which many analysts say could be dead heat between the two parties, would come as a massive boost for him.