Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will sustain the “politics of hope” says Manmohan Singh

Vastavam web: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh today said that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will sustain the “politics of hope” which is needed by the country and not allow the “politics of fear” to take over.Certain “disturbing trends” are noticeable in the country’s polity and the people depended on Rahul Gandhi to transform it, Singh said in his brief address at an event where the new Congress President took charge.Singh also praised outgoing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for the “powerful and magnificent” leadership provided by her to the Congress party that will go down in the annals of its history.

“Rahul ji today is taking over as the the president of the party at a time when there are certain disturbing trends noticeable in our polity.He said the country is still faced with problems like poverty, ignorance and disease with millions still afflicted with them.Recalling the 19 years of Sonia Gandhi’s leadership, he said he has worked with her as CWC member and as prime minister for 10 years.He said the government headed by him under Sonia’s guidance took some historic decisions that includes enactment of some “unique social legislations”. He recalled MNREGA and the Right to Information in this regard.

The former PM also said that Rahul Gandhi has been trained for a long period as he has been looking after many of party’s activities for many years.”He brings to this office of the Congress President a new sense of dedication, a new sense of commitment, a new sense of looking after the leadership role,” he said.Singh expressed the hope that Rahul, who has travelled all over the country, knows the problems first hand and under his leadership the party will scale new heights of glory.