Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his political bete noire Rahul Gandhi on his election as the new Congress president even as the two are engaged in a bitter political battle in Gujarat where assembly elections are on.
In a tweet, the PM wished Rahul a fruitful tenure as the head of the country’s grand old party.
"I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure," he said in a tweet.
I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure. @OfficeOfRG— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2017
The PM’s congratulatory message came on a day when a huge row broke out over his insinuation yesterday that his predecessor Manmohan Singh was colluding with Pakistan in influencing the Gujarat polls. The former prime minister shot back today, saying Modi was setting a "dangerous precedent", and asked him to apologise to the nation.
Rahul, 47, a three-time MP, is the sixth Nehru-Gandhi scion to head the grand old party after his great great grandfather Motilal Nehru, his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, his grandmother Indira Gandhi and his father Rajiv Gandhi.
Rahul succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who occupied the post for 19 years. He will formally take over the reins of the party on December 16.