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PM Modi congratulates Rahul Gandhi on elevation as Congress president

Rahul Gandhi was today elected unopposed as Congress president

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Modi today congratulated on his as the president even as the two are engaged in a bitter political battle in where assembly elections are on.

"I congratulate Rahul Ji on his as president. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure," Modi tweeted from his personal twitter handle @narendramodi.

Modi's congratulatory message came on a day when a huge row broke out over his insinuation yesterday that his predecessor was colluding with in influencing the polls. The former prime minister shot back today, saying Modi was setting a "dangerous precedent", and asked him to apologise to the nation.

As crossed swords with Modi over his "ill-thought transgression" and rejected his charge as "innuendos and falsehoods", Congress's senior spokesperson accused the prime minister of dragging the political discourse to an "unacceptable low" by making statements that harmed the dignity of his post.

was today elected unopposed as Congress president.

He is likely to formally take over the reins of the party on December 16.

The 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.

succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who occupied the post for 19 years.

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 20:47 IST