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India's Rahul Gandhi took over Saturday as president of the main opposition Congress, becoming the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to head the party that has ruled the country for much of its independent history.

Speaking on the occasion he criticized prime minister Narendra Modi for discrimination against Muslims and other minorities and taking the country backwards to the medieval times.

"This is the last time I am addressing you all as Congress president...20 years ago when I was addressing you, I was nervous and did not know how I was going to take this responsibility", outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi said while addressing party leaders and added that a generational shift has happened in the party.

Jakhar attended Rahul Gandhi's office assuming ceremony in New Delhi along with former MP Parneet Kaur and state Local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Rahul Gandhi gestures during an election campaign rally in Gandhinagar, India, Dec. 11.

"Personal attacks on my son have made him fearless". Gandhi was elected to the leadership of the Congress party unopposed and succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi.

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A recent two-day meeting of the CPI-M politburo debated whether an electoral alliance should be formed with Congress against the BJP, but the party has yet to decide on the issue. Besides the Congress cadres, leaders of its frontal organizations like Seva Dal, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress and NSUI participated in the celebrations.

He also said that while the BJP wanted to wipe the Congress from the country's political map, the Congress considered BJP members its brothers and sisters.

"This is not just sentencing of Koda but an answer to the Congress, who looted the tribals", Patra said. Results of the elections in both states will be out Monday.

She recalled how tragic circumstances like the assassination of Indira Gandhi and her husband, Rajiv Gandhi, forced her to enter the world of politics.

The fifth-generation scion looked out of place and came across as a reluctant politician until this year when he appeared more confident during his public appearances. There are a large number of new people that we have to bring forward.