Congress leaders, supporters hail Rahul Gandhi as party vice-president

Jaipur/ New Delhi, Jan. 20 (ANI): Hailing the newly appointed party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leaders and supporters praised him for his 'inspiring' maiden speech at All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting on the concluding day of three-day-long Chintan Shivir in Jaipur on Sunday.

Terming it a 'wonderful' and 'thought provoking' speech, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: "He has given a real message to the entire nation. It was his first speech as party vice-president, and all of us are very happy that he has shown his commitment and passion for the country."

Union Water Resource Minister Harish Rawat dubbed the speech as a 'real message form a real leader' and said that Rahul Gandhi has portrayed himself as a catalyst.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Shukla said that Rahul's speech brought tears in his eyes, because he had never heard him speaking like this.

"I think it is one of the most amazing speeches I have ever heard so far. He touched our hearts. His thought process are unique," said Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.

External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid said: "It was an outstanding speech and I think it will remain a land mark speech for a long time in future."

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi called for the sidelining of power hungry leaders, adding that they should make way if they fail to perform or be accountable, while addressing the AICC meeting in Jaipur.

He said having power for the sake of power was akin to having poison, and that the focus should be to evolve positives rather than negatives from power.

He also called for an end to infighting within the Congress party, saying that the grand old party still has the support of every single Indian, and should not lose it.

On an emotional note he reminisced the time when his grandmother, Indira Gandhi was killed and how his father had cried then. He also said that he was aware of the huge responsibility that had been bestowed on his shoulders. Rahul revealed that his mother, Sonia Gandhi had cried when they were together yesterday night because she knew that power was akin to poison. (ANI)

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