Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, who stepped down as Congress president in 2017, was the longest-serving president of country's oldest political party Indian National Congress. She was succeeded by her son Rahul Gandhi. Sonia was appointed as Congress chief in 1998. She is the wife of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated in 1991. Born in Italy, she married Rajiv Gandhi in 1968 and moved to India after that. Sonia remained away from public life but joined politics after constant prodding by Congress leaders after the assassination of her husband. She also faced immense opposition because of her foreign origin. Her right to become the prime minister of the country was also challenged by leaders from within the party including Sharad Pawar. After Sonia offered to resign from the position, support grew for her and Pawar, along with two other leaders, was expelled from the party. She was ranked the third most powerful woman by Forbes in 2013.
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi joins Sonia’s Goa vacation for New Year celebration

“It was a private function so the party functionaries or other dignitaries were not allowed,” a senior Congress leader said.

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Sonia Gandhi vacationing in Goa; Riteish Deshmukh shares ‘happy’ picture of her riding a cycle

Sonia Gandhi is currently vacationing in Goa, and a picture of the former Congress party president happily riding a bicycle that’s been posted by actor Riteish Deshmukh, has subsequently gone viral.

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No decision yet on Sonia Gandhi continuing as UPA chairperson, says Veerappa Moily

Moily said Sonia Gandhi has “managed the party very well” during her 19-year tenure as Congress president, adding that “she has to continue to be active in providing advice and, while running the party by Rahulji, she has to be behind him always.”

Is there a ‘new Gujarat model’ for the Congress and Opposition unity?

The decline in number of seats won in Gujarat by the BJP, despite the aggressive campaign of a popular PM Modi, a Gujarati and a son of the soil president in Amit Shah, is another cause of concern for it.

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A tale of two speeches: In 2017, Sonia Gandhi returns to 1998

Nineteen years ago, speaking just a month after Lok Sabha elections in which the Congress had been routed and the BJP had gained, Sonia Gandhi had been introspective, though upfront, about what the party needed to do.

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In first speech as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi assails ‘politics of hate’

His party, the new Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, had brought India into the 21st century, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking it back to a “medieval past”.

PM Modi taking India back to medieval past, says Rahul Gandhi after elevation

Rahul Gandhi in his first speech as Congress chief attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to ‘fight the politics of anger with love’.

Sonia Gandhi top quotes: ‘Our constitutional values are being attacked…there is an environment of fear in India’

“You the leaders and workers of the Congress, are the custodians of the ideals and principles on which our nation was built. It is not power, wealth or self-importance that is our aim, it is this country.”

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Country facing ‘unprecedented challenges’ since 2014, but we are not going to get scared, says Sonia Gandhi

Expressing confidence in her son Rahul, she said that “personal attacks” on him have made him a fearless person. “I am sure he will lead the party with courage,” she said.

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Rahul Gandhi takes over today: Sonia Gandhi talks of retirement, Congress wants her to stay as ‘mother’

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president at a time when the party finds itself in a severe political crisis. The transition bears an uncanny resemblance to the time when Sonia took over and the party clocked its worst performance since Independence in the 1999 elections, winning 114 seats.

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As Sonia Gandhi makes way

Rahul Gandhi takes over a party she held together, a party that made possible Hindutva’s rise

Not easy for Congmen to accept Sonia going to quit politics: Renuka Chowdhury

Sonia Gandhi’s retirement from politics not easy for Congress to accept: Renuka Chowdhury

Responding to Sonia Gandhi’s comment, Renuka Chowdhury said she would like to believe that their party leader would always be there to steer the grand old party in the right direction.

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Sonia Gandhi retires as Congress president, to remain active in politics

Sonia Gandhi has been the longest-serving president of the Congress; she was elected to the post in 1998.

Fifth column: Sonia’s legacy

Movements and governments

Outgoing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s tenure in NAC raised hope that the two can work together.

Rahul Gandhi elected Congress president, will take over reins from Sonia on Dec 16

He will take over the reins of the Congress from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the party’s longest serving president, on December 16, heralding a generational shift barely 14 months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.