Rahul Gandhi: Congress and the people of India are my life

Rahul Gandhi

Elevated to second-in-command in Congress, an emotional Rahul Gandhi today said that the party "is now my life" and dedicated himself to taking everyone along while promising to "bring changes fast".

A day after being made the Vice President of the party, he also pledged to treat all the party leaders young, experienced or women -- equally and listen to "everybody".

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In a highly emotional 40-minute speech, Rahul revealed that his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi came to his room last night and cried because she knew power is poison.

"She cried because she understands that the power so many people seek is actually a poison...because she is not attached to it," he said adding one should not chaser power for its attributes but only to empower the poor.

Playing the 'angry young man' again to the thunderous applause of the gathering, Rahul said Congress is the biggest political organisation in the world, but it has no rules.

"Rules don't work here. Perhaps not a single rule is followed. Rules are made but ignored. Nobody actually knows what the rule is. It's an interesting organisation. I wonder how it runs. There is need for rules and regulations," he said in a speech for which he was given a standing ovation from the gathering that included, Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, union ministers and top party leaders.

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