The Congressmen in the state were in a jubilant mood as Mr Rahul Gandhi took over as party president in New Delhi on Saturday.
"The Congress party took us into the 21st century but the prime minister today is taking us backwards to the medieval times where people are butchered for who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat", he said. He invited the youth of the country to build a "compassionate and loving" India.
After a bitter campaign in Gujarat, the Congress president attempted to show his idealism when he called BJP members his brothers and sisters.
Neeraj Kumar, also a JD-U legislator and considered close to Bihar Chief Minister and party President Nitish Kumar said Rahul Gandhi was born with a silver spoon in mouth, and therefore, got the top Congress post. "But today, politics is not being used in the service of the people, it is being used to crush them, not to lift them up", said Mr. Gandhi.
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"We are not the ones to bend in fear, because our struggle is a fight for the very soul of this nation. They want a "Congress-free" India - we do not fight hate with hate", alleged Rahul while adding that he aims to make Congress a "grand old young party". They are members of the Nehru-Gandhi clan, descendants of Jawaharlal Nehru's daughter Indira and Feroze Gandhi, who have dominated Indian politics for decades. Meeting this challenge was not the achievement of one individual but the continued efforts of all of you.
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.
Speaking of expansion of the party and his intent to democratise its functioning further, Rahul Gandhi said, "We would like to bring in as many new faces, young faces, exciting faces and dynamic faces (as we could)".
Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in divisive politics, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said irrespective of any change at the helm, the Congress would continue to symbolise corruption.