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Uttam Kumar Reddy along with AICC Telangana in-charge secretary R.C. Khuntia, TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other leaders met Rahul Gandhi at AICC headquarters in New Delhi and conveyed his wishes.

Claiming that Congress was different from BJP, he said that his party, known as the "grand old party", so far, will now become the "grand old new party".

In his first speech after officially taking over as Congress president on Saturday, Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking India down a "medieval path" and that people are being "butchered" for what they eat.

He also alleged that the BJP wanted to rid India of the Congress.

"We consider the BJP our brothers and sisters, even though we do not agree with them". He expressed confidence that under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, the party would make a comeback in the entire country. "We will never retreat from this fight", Sonia said. They light the fires, we diffuse.

"This is the last time I am addressing you all as Congress president...20 years ago when I was addressing you, I was nervous and did not know how I was going to take this responsibility", outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi said while addressing party leaders and added that a generational shift has happened in the party.

A recent two-day meeting of the CPI-M politburo debated whether an electoral alliance should be formed with Congress against the BJP, but the party has yet to decide on the issue. Justifying this need to bring changes within the party as a decision based on the consensus of the members, he said, "it is the desire within the Congress party to transform, evolve and change itself, and I would try and help to enable that". He asked his party men to stand up to the BJP, saying anger and hatred can not defeat the party.

Nizamabad Special Correspondent adds: Party cadre across the erstwhile undivided district celebrated Rahul Gandhi assuming the AICC reins by bursting crackers, distributing candies, cutting cakes and dancing to the drum beats. "That's not to say that people who are experienced or older should not have space".