It was no surprise when Sonia Gandhi's name was called out during a ceremony at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi. The wife of the slain former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was re-elected unopposed.
"It's a great responsibility and I thank all Congress workers. Whether we are in power or not we should always work for the oppressed," she said while addressing the party workers.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Haryana were among the long list of prominent members who proposed her name.
Even before her re-election for the fourth time, Sonia Gandhi had earned the title of longest-serving Congress president. She has overtaken Pandit Motilal Nehru, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even Rajiv Gandhi.
She is also the only one, who has been the party boss for so long but has never accepted the post of the prime minister.
She has been at the helm since Apr 1998 succeeding the late Sitaram Kesri.