- Sonia Gandhi takes break days after son Rahul took charge of Congress
- Sonia Gandhi was seen riding a bicycle and smiling for a photo
- Ms Gandhi is likely to return in the first week of January
The photo of Sonia Gandhi in Goa has been widely shared, with some commenting on social media that for a change, it is she and not her son taking a holiday. Her absence during the Congress's 133rd foundation day celebration today as Rahul Gandhi addressed the party, underscored her retirement.
Sonia Gandhi led the Congress for 19 years.
Rahul Gandhi, 47, took over as Congress chief on December 16 from his mother, who had retreated somewhat from active party work on account of her poor health. "He is my son, and it would not be suitable for me to praise him," said Sonia Gandhi, addressing the party for the last time as its chief.
Some pictures make you happy... this is one of them.— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) December 28, 2017
Wishing Sonia ji happiness and best of health. pic.twitter.com/SSITMjOnCD
Right after becoming the new Congress boss, Rahul Gandhi was left to deal with two more state election defeats for the party - in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He has held meetings to review the party's performance. Unlike last year, when he was criticized for taking a New Year holiday in the middle of opposition protests against demonetization, this year he is staying in town.
Reports say Sonia Gandhi usually stays in the hotel Leela in south Goa.
She is likely to return in the first week of January.
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