Thiruvananthapuram, March 1: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has taken a break from parliament, will return "stronger and more energetic", party leader A.K. Antony said on Sunday.
The former defence minister defended the Gandhi scion's move which has drawn flak from many quarters.
"Rahul Gandhi has been working very hard without rest for a long time," Antony told reporters here.
"So he decided to take a break... Wait and see, he will return more stronger and more energetic. He and (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi will together take the Congress back to where it belonged," he said.
Rahul Gandhi has in the past described Antony as his political guru.