- Sonia Gandhi's farewell speech interrupted by celebratory firecrackers
- "I have to shout because of this," appealed Mrs Gandhi
- She resumed speaking after a few minutes, though crackers continued
"Today I am addressing you for the last time as Congress president. A new era, new leadership before you," Sonia Gandhi, 71, began.
But she stopped as loud crackers burst by Congress workers almost drowned out her voice.
"I have to shout because of this," appealed Mrs Gandhi, who has been seen to retreat from public life as she has been unwell over the past few years. She finally resumed speaking after a few minutes, though the crackers continued.