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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

Year on, Congress yet to get regular president; Sonia Gandhi remains at helm

August 10, 2020 1:35 am

Sources said Rahul’s much-speculated return to the helm will depend on the convening of an All India Congress Committee (AICC) session. Those close to Rahul say only an AICC plenary session can re-elect him since he had stepped down.

Sonia Gandhi discharged from Ganga Ram hospital

August 02, 2020 5:31 pm

The Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) had earlier said that she was admitted for "routine tests and investigations".

Set up party panel to examine NEP, ex-UPA minister urges Sonia Gandhi

August 02, 2020 1:36 am

Former Union minister K V Thomas has written to party chief Sonia Gandhi, asking her to set up a panel to examine the “long-term implications” of the NEP.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, to undergo routine tests

July 30, 2020 10:44 pm

"Her condition is currently stable," Dr D S Rana, the chairman of the Board of Management of the hospital, was quoted as saying in the bulletin.

Explained: Why Sonia Gandhi took so long to acknowledge Narasimha Rao's contributions

July 27, 2020 4:43 pm

Were the remarks by Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party’s decision to let its Telangana unit celebrate Rao’s birth centenary a political posturing? Or is there a realization that it was time to let bygones be bygones? Manoj C G explains.

Sonia Gandhi finally puts Narasimha Rao on Cong pedestal, praises his bold leadership

July 24, 2020 6:53 pm

Sonia Gandhi said P V Narasimha Rao became Prime Minister at a time of “grave economic crisis” and the country was able to overcome the many challenges successfully through his “bold leadership”.

Roots of disintegration of Congress were laid by Jawahar Lal Nehru

July 18, 2020 9:25 am

Rakesh Sinha writes: The organisational decline of the Congress has been preceded first by a moral decline and subsequently by being in an ideological wilderness. Therefore, it is folly to cover its ineffectuality and incapacity by blaming the BJP government and RSS ideology.

Explained Ideas: Maybe the Congress has only three leadership options

July 16, 2020 7:11 am

This is written into the party’s DNA. Any one of them will do, writes Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Priyanka Gandhi's eviction from accommodation is an opportunity to evict everyone else as well

July 12, 2020 2:31 pm

While we are on the subject it is also a good time for the Prime Minister to abandon his grandiose plans to rebuild Parliament and build a house for himself on the Central Vista.

At Sonia meet with Congress MPs, demand for Rahul as party chief

July 12, 2020 1:35 am

Senior leader Digvijaya Singh waded in through a series of tweets, asking who was preventing Rahul Gandhi from taking over the reins of the party and why he voluntarily withdrew from the scene after the Lok Sabha elections.

SONIA GANDHI PHOTOS

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.

Women leaders of Congress celebrate Women's Day at Sonia Gandhi's residence

March 08, 2018 4:20 pm

Congress president Sonia Gandhi celebrating women's day at her residence along with other women party members.

SONIA GANDHI VIDEOS

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.