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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.


Delhi HC refuses to stay trial court proceedings against Sonia Gandhi’s personal secretary in alleged rape case

January 17, 2023 9:46 am

A single judge bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma refused to grant a stay of proceedings pending before Additional Sessions Judge, Dwarka, which is listed for "evidence" on January 25. However, the high court granted time to the complainant in the matter as well as the state to file their response.

Rahul Gandhi Bharat Jodo Yatra Highlights: Communal harmony is the culture of Punjab, says Rahul Gandhi

January 14, 2023 9:03 am

Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra Updates, January 12, 2023: The Yatra, which began from Kanyakumari on September 7, is currently in Punjab after passing through 10 states and the Union Territory of Delhi and covering over 3,300 km

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi stable and recovering, says Ganga Ram Hospital

January 06, 2023 4:07 pm

The veteran Congress leader was admitted to the Delhi hospital on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection.

Rahul Gandhi rushes back to Delhi for the night as Sonia Gandhi falls ill

January 06, 2023 9:36 am

Rahul Gandhi, who was supposed to spend the night in Sanoli Khurd village as part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, rushed back to New Delhi as his mother Sonia Gandhi fell ill.

How to tackle poll loss? Kharge takes a tip from Sonia, sets up panel to probe Gujarat

January 05, 2023 8:38 am

Cong has set up several such panels in past, findings of none barring one known; party leaders point out that losses after UP, Punjab polls, which were overseen by Gandhis, saw no such introspection

Sonia Gandhi admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital

January 05, 2023 2:58 am

According to them, Sonia Gandhi has been suffering from a respiratory infection. 

Delhi Confidential: Why New Year’s Eve is going to be busy for Agriculture Ministry officials

December 29, 2022 7:03 am

New Year’s Eve is going to be hectic for some senior officials of the Agriculture Ministry. They will be busy preparing for the Chief Secretary's Conference, to be held in the national capital on January 6. The conference, likely to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be held at Pusa Complex.

Dhankhar defends his remarks on Sonia: I will be abdicating my oath if I do not react

December 24, 2022 5:21 am

On December 20, Sonia Gandhi, while addressing Congress MPs, targeted the government for entering into a confrontation with the Supreme Court and alleged that a “calculated attempt” was “underway to delegitimise the judiciary”.

Would have abjudicated my oath had I not reacted on UPA chairperson's remark: Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar

December 23, 2022 4:53 pm

Jagdeep Dhankhar said he suffered an "allegation that he was part of a system to delegitimise judiciary" and the Chair cannot be allowed to be dragged on partition stance.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar takes issue with Sonia Gandhi's remarks on judiciary: ‘Severely inappropriate’

December 23, 2022 7:52 am

The Congress leader said earlier this week that ministers “and even a high constitutional authority” had been enlisted to “make speeches attacking the judiciary”. The vice president said the comments indicated “a lack of faith in democracy”.


'Stop jhula diplomacy': Opposition party leaders corner govt on China incursions

December 21, 2022 2:54 pm

Opposition parties, led by Congress MPs Sonia Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, on Wednesday staged a protest at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex, demanding a discussion over the border issue with China.

In Photos: Sonia Gandhi joins Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka’s Mandya district

October 06, 2022 2:26 pm

Sonia Gandhi arrived in Mysuru on Monday and offered prayers at a temple in the H D Kote Assembly segment on Wednesday on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

In pictures: Ghulam Nabi Azad's over 4-decade journey with the Congress

August 26, 2022 2:47 pm

Azad was a member of the Congress Working Committee and a member of the Sonia Gandhi-headed political affairs group. (Express Archive)

Congress out in full force to protest price rise, unemployment and GST

August 05, 2022 2:06 pm

Congress interim president & MP Sonia Gandhi leads protest of party MPs against inflation and unemployment, in Parliament. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Rahul Gandhi leads Congress protest against price rise, ED

July 26, 2022 7:34 pm

The protesters stated that the money laundering case is “false” and no FIR has been lodged yet.

'Stop misuse by ED': Congress protests as Sonia Gandhi appears before agency for questioning in National Herald case

July 21, 2022 12:22 pm

Before Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi had been summoned by the ED for questioning in the National Herald case. Then, too, the Congress had staged protests.

Ambedkar Jayanti: People across nation, party lines pay homage to Babasaheb

April 14, 2022 9:54 pm

Leaders like Narendra Modi, JP Nadda, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati, Nitish Kumar and many more celebrate the 131st birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb BR Ambedkar.

IE 100 2022: List of most powerful Indians

April 21, 2022 10:24 am

As the PM now for eight years, Modi remains disruptor-in-chief with a regularity that expands his presence and crimps his critics. Yogi Adityanath towers over the horizon, having entered the top five Sangh Parivar club. He ranks just after Mukesh Ambani.

With Assembly polls battle over, celebrations, stock-taking in political parties

March 13, 2022 9:05 pm

Punjab CM-designate Bhagwant Mann, along with AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, held a victory roadshow in Amritsar on Sunday to mark their spectacular win in Punjab elections.


Priyanka Gandhi takes a political Plunge, appointed Congress in-charge of UP East

June 22, 2020 6:04 pm

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress Wednesday appointed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as general secretary of Uttar Pradesh East. She will take charge in the second week of February.

Express Eye for Detail 16: What went wrong in Bulandshahr, Christian Michel’s role in AgustaWestland scam and more

June 22, 2020 6:08 pm

This week we look at how UP got to a place where mob violence that spiralled out of control got a police officer killed, why the extradition of Christian Michel is a political hot potato & how a WhatsApp video ruined a woman’s life in Kerela.

Tall claims, empty boasts, falsification of facts not for him: Sonia Gandhi on Manmohan Singh

June 22, 2020 6:10 pm

Presenting former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh with the 2017 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, disarmament & development, UPA Chairperson appeared to take a dig at the current dispensation through her praise for Dr Singh.

Want a dialogue with all parties to settle the Ayodhya dispute, says union minister Uma Bharti

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

Union Minister Uma Bharti has said that leaders across party lines must come together and sort out the Ayodhya dispute through dialogue. She also said that those in the government want to build a temple at the disputed site but will need support from

Photos Of the Day: 84th Plenary Session Of The Indian National Congress

June 22, 2020 6:26 pm

“The party’s victory will be the nation’s victory, it will be the victory for each one of us. Congress is not a political term, it is a movement,” Sonia Gandhi said.

Don't target PM Modi unnecessarily: Naidu

February 25, 2016 4:21 pm

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday targeted the Congress, saying that the grand old party, which has been tolerated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for so many decades, should also tolerate the saffron party for at least ten years. Naidu said that the Congress was unnecessarily targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said unlike past governments where the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) presides and madam (Sonia Gandhi) decides, the BJP-led Government was working collectively in which Prime Minister Modi presides and the team decides.

Shah should not lecture Congress on nationalism: Sibal

February 15, 2016 4:24 pm

New Delhi, Feb 15 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday rubbished Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s comment on the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, saying he did not have the stature to lecture Congress president Sonia Gandhi or vice president Rahul Gandhi on the issue of nationalism. Sibal said instead of dealing with the university students in the way that they should be dealt with, the BJP was busy proving that they were criminals. Sibal further stated that India is no more under British rule and added that Amit Shah and PM Modi cannot stop these young children from speaking their minds.

National Herald case: Sonia, Rahul exempted from personal appearance

February 12, 2016 10:13 am

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused to quash the trail court proceedings against the five Congress leaders but exempted party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi from personal appearance. Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Sighvi, who is fighting the Herald case for Gandhi’s, expressed his delight and said that it is a big relief for the family, as every inference and conclusion in the High Court has been rendered inoperative. He further added that every point argued in the High Court has been left open for them by the apex court to argue again at the stage of framing charges.