To commemorate the historic Dandi Satyagrah, and celebrate Gandhiji’s contribution towards our Independence and his commitment to peace, a meeting was held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Smt Priyanka Gandhi Vadra spoke on the occasion as she reminded each Indian of their duty towards maintaining an atmosphere of peace. She condemned the attack in Pulwama and paid her respects to the lives lost, and said the country must come together at a time like this and reject the BJP’s promotion of violence and fear.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the meeting, called for unity in the country, and said that “While Mahatma Gandhi wanted to unite India, PM Modi wants to divide us.” The meeting also condemned the Modi government’s attitude towards farmers in the country, on a day when police used water cannons and tear gas shells against protesting farmers outside Delhi.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi described the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC) as a bridge between the past, present and future, and said it was an institution combining experience and energy. Several veteran leaders were present to give their blessings to the CWC and extend support to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, even as he called on all party members to work for India’s oppressed
Attended by party members from all over the country, the Plenary set forth Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s vision for the future. In his address, the Congress President said that "If the youths have to take the Congress forward, it cannot be done without the experience the party veterans. My task is to take them forward together."
The party headquarters at 24, Akbar Road saw a smooth change of guard on 19th December, 2017, as Rahul Gandhi was unanimously elected Party President on the 16th of December. As he took over the reins, Rahul Gandhi said to the party workers, “I want to assure all the Congress workers and leaders that you are all my family...I want to tell the youth of this country that Congress is often referred to as the grand old party but going forth we are going to make it the grand old young party."