Congress on Tuesday celebrated its 126th foundation day with its chief Sonia Gandhi unfurling the party tricolour at a function in New Delhi.
On a rain swept morning, top Congress leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit assembled at the party headquarters where Gandhi hoisted the flag amidst singing of inspirational songs.
For Gandhi and Singh, 2010 had been tough politically with the party and the government led by it facing sustained opposition attack over a slew of corruption charges relating to 2G spectrum and Commonwealth Games.
The party had last week held a plenary session which also marked the completion of 125 years of the organisation.
Among those who attended the function were Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony, S Jaipal Reddy, Kapil Sibal, G K Vasan, Kantilal Bhuria, Vayalar Ravi, Sachin Pilot and senior leaders R K Dhawan and M L Fotedar.
Singh and Gandhi distributed sweets to children who had joined the function at the party headquarters.
The Indian National Congress was founded in 1885 by Englishman Allan Octavio Hume, a noted ornithologist and a civil servant in British India.