New Delhi, Dec 16: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated new Congress President Rahul Gandhi and said the party depends upon him to transform the politics of the country. “Rahul ji, we depend upon you to transform the area of politics of fear to politics of hope,” Singh said. (ALSO READ – Sonia Gandhi Hands Over Congress Charge to Rahul Gandhi, Says Personal Attacks Made Him Stronger)Also Read - ‘Stop Talking About Secularism’: Amarinder Singh Slams Congress, Questions Alliance With Sena

The Gandhi scion took over the party reins from his mother and the longest Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The Amethi MP will now lead the 132-year-old party and has a daunting task ahead of him. “Rahul is taking over when there are disturbing trends. Rahul ji you have travelled all over the country and knows people’s problem first hand. Under your leadership, our party will scale new heights of glory,” Singh said. Also Read - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Promises Smartphones, Scooty to Girls in UP if Party Comes to Power in 2022 Assembly Elections

The former PM began his address by saying, “You will forgive me if I do not become somewhat emotional on this historic moment. Also Read - UP Police to Take Action Against Women Constables Who Posed for Selfies with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Praising Sonia’s “powerful” leadership, Singh said, “I had a unique privilege of guidance of Sonia Gandhi.
I salute Sonia Gandhi for magnificent leadership.”

Manmohan Singh was the prime minister for two consecutive terms of UPA when Sonia was at the helm of affairs of the party. In the 19-year tenure of Sonia as Congress president, Singh was the prime minister for 10 years and also a member of Congress Working Committee.

Rahul Gandhi took over as Congress President on Saturday. He has succeeded his mother Sonia Gandhi, who headed the party for 19 years since 1998. The 47-year-old was officially declared party president in a ceremony held at the party’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters in New Delhi.

Addressing the gathering of Congress leaders and party workers at the party headquarters here, Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “Congress took India to 21st century, but the prime minister today is taking us back to the medieval times.” He added, only the Congress and its workers can put a stop at what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government is doing to this country.