Sonia Gandhi retires as India’s Congress party chief

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NEW DELHI, : The leader of India’s main opposition party Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has retired as the party chief a day before her son Rahul Gandhi replaces her, Indian media reported Friday. “My role is now to retire,” she told NDTV.

The leader has stepped down from her position as the party president after her son was elected unopposed and will take charge as the new chief on Saturday.

Talking to NDTV on Friday, she said it has been her son, Rahul, 47, who has been helping her make decisions on vital issues pertaining to the party.

Sonia, 71, entered politics in 1994, a few years after her husband former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.

She was the president of Congress since 1998 and was elected to the Indian parliament in 1999.

Although she is stepping down from her position in the party, Sonia is not retiring from politics and will continue as the member of the parliament, Indian media quoted Congress sources as saying.

Rahul Gandhi named Congress president on December 11.

Orignally published by INP

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