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Rahul Gandhi hosts dinner for Congress MPs, leaders of opposition parties

Facing the uphill task of reviving a moribund party, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as the Congress president.. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2017, 04.55 PM (IST)

Newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi threw a lavish dinner party for party members, senior leaders as well as leaders of the opposition party on Sunday. 

The dinner party included senior opposition leaders along with Congress MP's with an aim to bring them closer to Rahul Gandhi. 

The dinner party was hosted ahead of winter session of Parliment which began on December 15, with hopes to corner the government on a number of issues. 

Congress plans to build strategies after the Assembly election results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday. 

Rahul Gandhi took charge of the Congress party's reins yesterday at a formal function from his mother Sonia Gandhi, with objectives of reviving a moribund party. 

In his first speech as the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, accusing it of spreading hatred and violence in the country.

"They break, we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it. They get angry, we love. This is the difference between them and us," he told party workers.

Sonia Gandhi, 71, who helmed the party for 19 years, in her last address as the party President, said the Congress has been playing the role of opposition since 2014 and never before has it faced the challenge that it faces today.