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Sonia Gandhi says they ‘feeling relieved’ to step down as Congress president

As she handed over the reins of Congress president’s post to Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said it was a “huge responsibility” and she had tried to “discharge her duties honestly”.

Addressing party workers at an official function at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, Sonia expressed confidence in Kharge to inspire and strengthen the party under his leadership. “I am thrilled that the person elected as the President is a seasoned politician and is connected to his roots. He has achieved this position because of his determination and dedication towards his work.”

She also expressed her gratitude for the respect and honour bestowed by people over the years and mentioned that she would be grateful for it till her last breath.

“I am grateful to hold this esteemed position and have tried to fulfil the responsibilities to the best of my abilities. I am relieved from this position today and am naturally relieved.”

The election certificate was presented to Kharge during the ceremony. Speaking on occasion, he said, “It is an emotional moment for me as the son of a labourer; a common Congress worker has taken over as the party chief. It is a matter of pride to carry forward the legacy of Congress.”

Kharge is the first non-Gandhi President of the Indian National Congress in nearly two and a half decades. He claimed the top post in the presidential election held last week by considerably defeating party MP Shashi Tharoor.

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