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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.

SONIA GANDHI NEWS

Karnataka minister C T Ravi likens Congress with Ghazni, Mughals, calls for unity to protect 'dharma'

December 02, 2020 8:04 am

The Chikkamagaluru MLA, who has made provocative statements in the past, had said recently that a ban on cow slaughter and religious conversions for the sake of marriage would soon be a reality in Karnataka.

Bengal: Left, Cong seat-sharing talks to begin after Sonia’s approval

November 29, 2020 5:58 am

Though the seat-sharing talks before the last Assembly polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were not smooth, the Congress reaped the benefits both the times in terms of seats won as it has a high concentration of voters in select constituencies in north Bengal.

Amid dissensions, call for unity and reconciliation at CWC meet

November 28, 2020 11:18 am

The call for unity is significant, with the party gearing up to elect a new president, possibly before February. It is also interesting given the turmoil, which resurfaced after its dismal performance in Bihar and the poor showing in the Assembly by-elections.

Rahul Gandhi to Bengal Congress leaders: Sonia to decide on Left tie-up

November 28, 2020 1:25 am

Sources said Rahul heard the state leadership patiently, and told them that he would convey the view to the Congress president, who would then take the final decision.

Amid voices of dissent, Amarinder backs Sonia 

November 26, 2020 11:46 pm

 “If you’re a Congressman, you can go to the party president or the Congress Working Committee with any problem you may have with the party functioning. But you should not go out to air your grievances. If you want to do that, you can leave the party,” said Amarinder in a statement, without naming any particular leader.

PM Modi cites Rae Bareli coach factory to point to failure to utilise potential in governance

November 26, 2020 10:36 am

Rae Bareli is the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, and the only Parliamentary seat the party won in UP in 2019 General Election.

In Ahmed Patel, lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague: Sonia Gandhi

November 25, 2020 12:02 pm

Ahmed Patel passed away from post-Covid related complications early Wednesday morning.

Ahmed Patel: Sonia loses her pillar of support, Congress its key link between past and present

November 25, 2020 8:54 pm

Ahmed Patel, the veteran Congress leader who passed away today due to covid-related complications, was the man the Congress and especially its president Sonia Gandhi relied on for decades to run the grand old party.

Congress hits out at senior leaders for speaking out, Bishnoi slams Ghulam Nabi Azad

November 24, 2020 7:27 am

Senior leaders such as Azad, P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal have spoken out in the last one week, analysing the party’s defeat in Bihar and Assembly bypolls and talking about the party's revival.

Ghulam Nabi Azad underlines again: Congress needs revamp, leaders have no connect

November 23, 2020 11:33 am

The only solution for the party’s revival, Azad said, is organisational election from booth-level upwards.

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On Sonia Gandhi's 73rd birthday, here are some rare photographs that you wouldn’t have seen

December 10, 2019 6:44 am

The Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi turned 73 Monday. She has decided not to celebrate her birthday in the wake of rape incidents across the country and growing concerns over women’s security.

Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary: Rare photos of the 'Iron Lady' from Express archives

November 19, 2019 12:33 pm

Today marks the 102nd birth anniversary of India’s first and only female prime minister Indira Gandhi. Political leaders from across the spectrum paid rich tributes to the ‘Iron Lady of India’.

Gandhi family, Congress leaders pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 75th birth anniversary

August 20, 2019 12:49 pm

Born on 20th August, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

Sonia Gandhi re-elected as leader of CPP

June 01, 2019 12:52 pm

Even though the number of party lawmakers in the Lower House is higher than that in 2014, the Congress is still short of three members to claim the post of Leader of Opposition.

PM Modi, Congress leaders pay homage to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary

May 27, 2019 11:38 am

India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka pay homage to Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary

May 22, 2019 10:07 am

Rajiv Gandhi, sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

Priyanka Gandhi and the many shades of her campaign

May 06, 2019 7:42 am

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's election campaigning caught our attention with her signature style - crisp saris paired with long-sleeved blouses.

Gandhi family, Congress leaders pay their respects to Rajiv Gandhi on 74th birth anniversary

August 21, 2018 6:36 am

Born on 20th August, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

Inside Congress' 84th plenary session

March 17, 2018 12:29 pm

The three-day Indian National Congress' 84th plenary session commenced on Friday at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi. It is attended by Congress chief ministers, state Congress presidents and Congress legislature party leaders from all states.

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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.

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