My role is now to retire, says Sonia

Sonia Gandhi also added that Rahul has been playing an active role in the last three years.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Dec 16 2017 12:11AM | Updated Date: Dec 16 2017 12:11AM
My role is now to retire, says SoniaFile Photo

Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire, triggering immediate speculation about her future plans, but the Congress party sought to quell it saying she has only retired from the party chief's role and not from politics.

"My role now is to retire," NDTV quoting her as saying in response to a question as to whether she will continue as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party and what would be her role in the future as her son Rahul Gandhi is slated to take over as party chief on Saturday.

Sonia Gandhi also added that Rahul has been playing an active role in the last three years. 

It was not clear what Sonia Gandhi, 70, meant by her remark -- whether retiring from politics altogether or from the Lok Sabha.

Sonia Gandhi has been President of the Congress party for the last 19 years. Rahul Gandhi, 47, was elected Congress President unopposed on Monday and is set to take over his new role on Saturday. 

As her remarks triggered political speculation, the Congress party stepped in quickly to clarify that she has retired as party President and not from politics. 

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