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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.


Now Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit speaks up on leadership: ‘Who will bell the cat?’

February 20, 2020 1:28 pm

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sandeep Dikshit said there are many in the Congress who are capable of leading the party — “at least six-eight” — and attacked senior leaders saying “sometimes you want inaction because you don’t want a certain action to happen”.

Sonia Gandhi discharged from hospital, in 'stable condition'

February 05, 2020 6:42 pm

Gandhi, who was at the hospital for a routine check-up after she complained of a stomach ache, was in "stable condition" at the time of discharge.

Delhi Confidential: Campaigning Doubtful

February 04, 2020 7:23 am

Sonia, who was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital on Sunday with stomach infection, could be discharged on Tuesday, but party leaders appeared doubtful on whether she would be able to address a scheduled campaign rally in East Delhi on Wednesday.

Sonia Gandhi receiving treatment for stomach infection

February 04, 2020 7:24 am

Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Sunday evening after she complained of a stomach ache. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also reached the hospital.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to Ganga Ram hospital

February 04, 2020 2:34 am

“She complained of a stomach ache and was brought to the hospital. Some routine investigations will be performed,” said a senior official from the hospital.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to Delhi hospital, Rahul, Priyanka with her

February 02, 2020 9:12 pm

Sonia Gandhi has been battling health issues for quite some time. Former party president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were also present at the hospital.

Rahul’s poll promise of providing 500 sq ft houses yet to be fulfilled, Deora writes to Sonia

January 29, 2020 1:51 am

Raising concern that the policy initiatives of the Congress were not being implemented by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Deora sought the establishment of a mechanism to ensure that poll promises made by the party are implemented.

Ashok Chavan: Sonia Gandhi sought in writing that Shiv Sena will follow Constitution

January 28, 2020 11:34 am

Ashok Chavan said senior leaders were apprehensive about joining hands with the Sena and had raised questions over whether a government of three parties will survive.

Attack on Constitution, vicious conspiracy, says Sonia Gandhi

January 26, 2020 3:09 am

Sonia Gandhi hit out at the government accusing it of mismanaging the economy. While agriculture and the farmer are standing on the verge of devastation, the youth is ravaged by unfathomable unemployment and recession, she said.

Sonia Gandhi dissolves Punjab Congress committee, state unit chief Jakhar remains

January 21, 2020 10:45 pm

The party took the decisions a day after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Gandhi here and held detailed discussions with her. The Congress president has dissolved "executive committee of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and District Congress Committees (DCCs) of Punjab with immediate effect.


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.


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

January 23, 2019 5:40 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

December 08, 2018 1:07 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

November 20, 2018 2:07 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

November 01, 2018 1:35 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

March 17, 2018 8:25 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.