In her farewell address, Sonia said, “There are many challenges before our party… even in the past, Congress has faced major threats, but the party never gave up. We have to again move with full resolve and unity, and have to succeed.” She expressed confidence that her successor Mallikarjun Kharge‘s leadership will strengthen the Congress, calling him a grassroots leader rich in experience. She described the change of guard in Congress as “change is the law of nature”.
At the party function where Kharge was inaugurated as the Congress president, the first non-Gandhi chief in 24 years, AICC passed a resolution showering praises on Sonia for her contributions – lifting the party in bad times and for giving the country a leadership that resulted in landmark decisions on social welfare and ushered in systemic transparency during the UPA governments.
The party called her an “epitome of sacrifice” and expressed gratitude for her leadership. The emotions of the moment poured over. Kharge presented Sonia with a framed picture of her late husband and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, which she held up with a smile. The photo went viral on social media and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra commented on it on Instagram, “So proud of you Ma, no matter what the world says or thinks, I know, you did it all for love.”
In the resolution, read out by Ajay Maken to the gathering, Congress said “she recognised and assimilated India in its various forms and in its unfathomable socio-cultural-geographical totality… She derives her political inspiration from the profound love she feels for this great country. The people also returned the same love and trust to her.”