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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A loving father who taught me never to hate: Rahul remembers Rajiv Gandhi on 75th birth anniversary

Rahul Gandhi, along with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former president Pranab Mukherjee and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi this morning.

Rahul deserted sinking ship, says Shivraj; mocks transfer of power to Sonia

"We have heard that if any ship sinks, the captain makes efforts to save it till the last breath. But the Congress captain took the first plunge," Chouhan said, adding that there was no Congress president for several days.


Delhi Confidential: The Big Question

Now that Sonia Gandhi has taken over as Congress president again, will she bring in one of her trusted lieutenants to the key post of organisational general secretary, replacing K C Venugopal who was appointed during Rahul Gandhi’s tenure?

Sonia Gandhi skips Independence Day event at Red Fort

She unfurled the national flag at the Congress headquarters here and said there is no place in India for bigotry and fanaticism, and asked the nation to stand against every act of injustice, intolerance and discrimination to truly cherish freedom.

Independence Day 2019: No place for bigotry, fanaticism in India, says Congress president Sonia Gandhi

Three months after Rahul Gandhi quit as party chief and almost 20 months since she made way for him to lead the party, the Congress Saturday named Sonia Gandhi its new interim Congress president.

Sonia Gandhi as interim Congress chief represents desperation at best and abdication of politics at worst

Sonia Gandhi’s return as party president is likely to impede the real task of party-building that the Congress has been postponing since the 1980s. Rajiv Gandhi reminded the party of this when it was celebrating its centenary. Sonia could not do it when she took over in the late Nineties.


Congress will not learn its lesson: Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sonia Gandhi as party chief

“Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Atalji, Advaniji, Modiji, Amit Shahji. No one came from a family. But Congress will not learn its lesson. Or their leaders don’t have the strength,” Chouhan said.

The rewind

Return of Sonia as interim president, Congress failure to look beyond its first family, signals its inadequacy in a challenging political moment.

Top news today evening: Amit Shah speaks on terrorism in Kashmir; will rain play spoilsport in today’s match; and more

Here are the top news of the day: Pakistan PM alleges scrapping Article 370 is an "attempt to change the demography of Kashmir”; Shivraj Singh Chouhan reacts to appointment of Sonia Gandhi as interim president; and more

Surprising that CWC still wants Sonia, Rahul to lead: Shivraj Singh Chauhan

"Congress is not willing to learn. It is surprising that the Congress Working Committee still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party," Chauhan said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress President: Glimpses from his swearing-in ceremony

Rahul Gandhi formally took over as the 16th Congress President on Saturday. Taking on the power from Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving president of Congress; Gandhi was handed over the party's reigns at AICC headquarters.

Friendship Day 2017: When friends turn foes in politics

Friendship Day 2017: We take a took at the political upheavals in the last two decades.

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

5 States, 1 Script: Congress Leaders Do Not Listen

The Congress may be setting the stage for a Rahul Gandhi takeover, for new faces in the Rajya Sabha and a reshuffle in the AICC — half of the general secretaries could be on their way out — but the party is battling rebellion in at least five states, four of which face elections over […]


Sonia Gandhi & Manmohan Singh Arrested During Congress's ‘Save Democracy’ March

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were briefly arrested at the Parliament Street police station during their ‘Save Democracy’ march. They were later released. The party is agitating against what it calls the ‘anti-democratic’ policies of the BJP. In recent months, the Congress has alleged that there […]

Don't target PM Modi unnecessarily: Naidu

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

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

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.