The celebrations by the National Students Union India (NSUI) of India and Youth Congress workers had started prior to the official declaration of his number two position at the venue of the ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Jaipur yesterday.
Party general secretary, Rahul Gandhi was made the party vice president yesterday by the Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision making body.
“We welcome the announcement of Rahul Ganhi being made the party vice president. We are celebrating and bursting fire crackers,” said Vamshi, a Youth Congress member from Andhra Pradesh.
However, the party leaders and ministers wanted that Gandhi could be given a bigger role in the party. The party leaders were also pushing for him to be named the party’s prime ministerial candidate for 2014 polls.
There was a huge crowd outside the gate and the police took positions outside the venue and erected barricades to stop the youth members from going near the entry gate.
Earlier yesterday, firecrackers were set off also outside the 10, Janpath residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi in anticipation of Rahul Gandhi being given a prominent role in the party’s affairs.