CDS Rawat Death: Sonia Gandhi asks party workers not to celebrate her birthday

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New Delhi, Dec 9 : Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi has decided not to celebrate her birthday on December 9 and asked the party workers not to organise any celebration in view of the death of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 personnel of the Armed Forces in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Several party leaders have deeply mourned the loss of lives in the accident.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi would not celebrate her birthday on Thursday in view of the death of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 personnel of the Armed Forces in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Several party leaders have deeply mourned the loss of lives in the accident.

Party General Secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal said: “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has decided not to celebrate her birthday, tomorrow, the 9th December. Urging party workers and supporters to strictly avoid any celebrations.”

Sonia Gandhi, born on December 9, 1946, is one of the longest serving chief of the party, in the post from March 1998 to December 2017, and has been credited with bringing back the party into power in 2004.

After stepping down as party chief in December 2017 in favour of her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, she was appointed interim chief in August 2019 after he resigned following the party’s debacle in the 2019 general elections.

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