Thursday, Dec 08, 2022

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.


Congress insulted Ambedkar, converted ‘loktantra’ into ‘parivar-tantra’: Shah

November 24, 2022 2:58 am

“For so many years, Congress did only politics with regard to Dalits. But after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, two times President from Dalit community was elected"

Even her critics recognise her patriotism, staunch secularism, empathy for poor: Sonia on Indira Gandhi

November 19, 2022 9:27 pm

The award was given to 'Pratham', a non-governmental organisation working for providing quality education to all children.

Rajiv Gandhi case convicts: Much water under bridge, why release won't raise a ripple in Tamil Nadu politics

November 15, 2022 12:26 pm

Both DMK, ADMK are on the same side, Tamil nationalism is no longer as potent in state, and given the Gandhi family's position, DMK ally Cong's opposition is more for form

Party disagrees with Sonia Gandhi: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi on release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts

November 11, 2022 8:44 pm

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that the party will pursue legal remedies to seek the reversal of the decision.

Tavleen Singh writes: A new Cong President. Really?

October 30, 2022 7:19 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: It is my considered opinion that had Dr Manmohan Singh been allowed to function properly as prime minister, it would have been much harder for Narendra Modi to win in 2014.

Sonia Gandhi says 'feeling relieved' to relinquish Congress presidency

October 26, 2022 1:13 pm

Addressing party workers at an official ceremony at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, Sonia expressed her confidence in Kharge to inspire and strengthen the party under his leadership

Emotional moment for me... son of labourer takes over as Congress chief: Mallikarjun Kharge

October 26, 2022 8:55 pm

Speaking about the upcoming elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Mallikarjun Kharge said that people want change in these states. "We will have to show our party's strength in these elections... We are the soldiers of Mahatma Gandhi, we are not scared of anyone."

Road to 2024 | A Sonia Gandhi moment from 1998 as Kharge takes over as Congress chief today

October 28, 2022 12:12 pm

She became president when the party was down to 3 states and 141 MPs, faced divisions and rising BJP; Kharge has an additional burden: the large Gandhi shadow

Mallikarjun Kharge can succeed only if he builds a broad social coalition

October 25, 2022 10:03 am

Kharge comes to the top job with many qualifications, yet he can aspire to be a moderate success only if he builds a broad social coalition within the party that looks at cultural, political and electoral questions independently, and harmonises them to fight the BJP.

FCRA licence cancellation of RGF, RGCT: Cong targets govt, says effort to divert attention from people's issues

October 23, 2022 10:03 pm

The government has cancelled the FCRA licences of the two NGOs headed by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi for alleged violation of laws.


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.

On Sonia Gandhi's 75th birthday, a look at the political leader's timeless and elegant style

December 09, 2021 2:32 pm

As Sonia Gandhi celebrates her birthday today, let's take a look at her classic and tasteful dressing sense that has remained constant over the years.


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.