New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday celebrated its
126th foundation day with its chief Sonia Gandhi unfurling the
party tricolour at a function here.
On a rain swept morning, top Congress leaders
including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his Cabinet
colleagues and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit assembled
at the party headquarters where Gandhi hoisted the flag amidst
singing of inspirational songs.
For Gandhi and Singh, 2010 had been tough politically
with the party and the government led by it facing sustained
opposition attack over a slew of corruption charges relating
to 2G spectrum and Commonwealth Games.
The party had last week held a plenary session here
which also marked the completion of 125 years of the
Among those who attended the function were Union
ministers Pranab Mukherjee, AK Antony, S Jaipal Reddy, Kapil
Sibal, GK Vasan, Kantilal Bhuria, Vayalar Ravi, Sachin Pilot
and senior leaders RK Dhawan and ML Fotedar.
Singh and Gandhi distributed sweets to children who
had joined the function at the party headquarters.
The Indian National Congress was founded in 1885 by
Englishman Allan Octavio Hume, a noted ornithologist and a
civil servant in British India.