A day before son Rahul Gandhi replaces her as Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi, who has led the party for nearly 20 years, told NDTV, "My role now is to retire."
As the party prepares for Rahul Gandhi to formally be made President tomorrow, there has been talk of whether his mother would formally be made a sort of political chairman emeritus.
Mrs Gandhi told NDTV today that for years, it has been Rahul Gandhi, age 47, who has been helping decide vital party issues.
Mrs Gandhi took over as Congress chief in 1998, seven years after her husband Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.
Rahul Gandhi is the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to lead the Congress. The PM said in an election speech in Gujarat that Rahul Gandhi's role as top boss will mark an "Aurangzeb Raj" - a jibe that points to leadership that results in ruin.
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