Patna: Holi came nearly three and a half months earlier at Sadaqat Ashram, the Congress state headquarters in Patna, where Congress leaders, party workers, and activists on Monday celebrated the election of Rahul Gandhi to the party's President post the election for which was held a few weeks ago.
Applying 'gulal' on each other's cheek and sharing sweets with them, jubilant Congress leaders danced outside the building, cracked firecrackers, and 'fed' sweets to their newest leader who replaces his mother Sonia Gandhi, the party President for the past 19 years.
Speaking on the occasion, party state President Kaukab Qadri called Rahul's elevation to the party's top post a historic day.
"This is a historic day for the party as the Congress Party, under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, would emerge stronger than ever before. It is all set to sweep the Gujarat elections where Congress will form the new government," Qadri said.
Senior party leader Premchandra Mishra said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was extremely worried by the election of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress chief because this spells nothing but trouble for the saffron party.
Meanwhile, Qadri's predecessor and former Bihar Health Minister Ashok Kumar Chowdhary was nowhere to be seen.
"One should not read too much into Chowdhary's absence as this was not a meeting of the Congress legislators. Many legislators are celebrating Rahul Gandhi's election in their respective constituencies and there is nothing wrong with that," Qadri said.
As reported, Chowdhary, in the aftermath of the collapse of Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, had emerged as the greatest critic of his own party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the party of Lalu Prasad Yadav, saying if Congress had to regain its glorious past in the state, it will have to stop relying on the RJD in Bihar.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS