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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.
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In photos: Rahul Gandhi’s transformation over the years

Once a reluctant politician, Rahul Gandhi now holds the reins to the Congress party and is expected to play an influential role in national politics.

Pranab Mukherjee RSS event

Surprise in Congress over Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to RSS

Meanwhile, RSS sources in Nagpur said Pranab Mukherjee had met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at least four times after leaving Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Swamy’s application in National Herald case dismissed by court

Subramanian Swamy’s application in National Herald case dismissed by Delhi court

The court noted that the prosecution can present new evidence at a later stage, but it has to pass the test of “relevancy and admissibility”.

Kumaraswamy swearing-in LIVE: JD(S) leader to take oath as Karnataka CM today, Congress gets Deputy CM

Let’s forget past, forge ties for future: Congress and JD(S) on Karnataka alliance

Over coffee, Kumaraswamy told Rahul and Sonia Gandhi that the Congress-JD(S) pact should be a “long-term relationship”. Rahul agreed. Both leaders said the “coalition should run smoothly, with coordination”.

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Karnataka: Kumaraswamy promises stable govt; Sonia, Rahul to attend swearing-in ceremony

In his meeting with the Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Kumaraswamy discussed the issue of Cabinet formation and the division of ministerial positions between the two parties.

Karnataka CM-designate Kumaraswamy dismisses reports of sharing power on rotational basis with Congress

Karnataka govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Congress-JD(S) will give stable govt, says Kumaraswamy after meeting Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

Karnataka govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Alliance partners Rahul Gandhi and Kumaraswamy met in New Delhi to discuss the roadmap for the coalition. Follow this space to track all the latest developments.

The voting in the single-phase poll in the state took place on May 12 and the counting of votes is scheduled for tomorrow.

Karnataka elections campaign ends: Modi’s challenge to Rahul, ‘fake Voter ID drama’, row over Reddy brothers; all that happened

Rally after rally, the two parties launched several attacks on one another over the choice of CM candidates – B S Yeddyurappa of BJP and Siddaramaiah of Congress.

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at a rally in Vijaypura on Tuesday.

PM Modi’s speeches won’t give jobs, farmers’ relief: Sonia Gandhi

Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: “Modiji is very proud of the fact that he is a great orator. I completely agree with him. He speaks like an actor. But if his speeches could fill the country’s stomach, then I would like him to give even more speeches,” Sonia Gandhi said.

Karnataka elections: Modi's speeches 'don't fill empty stomachs' says Sonia, PM accuses her and Rahul of destroying Congress to save the 'dynasty'

Karnataka elections: Modi’s speeches ‘don’t fill empty stomachs’, says Sonia Gandhi, PM accuses her of destroying Congress to save dynasty

Karnataka elections: “The country is surprised that wherever he (PM Modi) goes he speaks wrong. He distorts history, and for his political selfishness he uses our great freedom fighters as pawns on the chess board,” said Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday.

Modi Govt discriminating against Congress-ruled Karnataka, is this 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', asks Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi: Modi govt discriminating against Congress-ruled Karnataka, is this ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’?

Karnataka assembly elections 2018: “Congress has worked for the development of Karnataka and you must know that the central government is working in a biased manner when it comes to Karnataka,” said Sonia Gandhi addressing a public gathering in Vijapura.

Sonia Gandhi to address her first election rally in nearly two years

Karnataka elections: Sonia Gandhi to address first election rally in nearly two years

Sonia Gandhi did not campaign in any of the state elections after she fell ill during a road show in Varanasi on August 2, 2016. This is the first time since 1998 that Sonia Gandhi has skipped campaigning over the past 20 months.

Modi hits back at Congress, raises National Herald case

Karnataka elections: PM Narendra Modi hits back at Congress, raises National Herald case

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Hitting back at the Congress for targeting BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, he said the “mother and son who are out on bail” and are facing allegations of involvement in a “Rs 5,000 crore scam” are questioning the BJP.

PM Modi to visit Odisha

Karnataka elections: Sonia, Rahul Gandhi didn’t like when Kovind, a Dalit, became President, PM Modi alleges

The Prime Minister said that these people who did not have courtesy for the institution of the President are today talking about Dalits. The Prime Minister is campaigning in Karnataka for the BJP.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. (File)

Modi govt betrayed people by not fulfilling promises: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi said a storm of change is in the offing as she accused the government of weakening the foundations of the Constitution and destroying the country’s Ganga-Jamuni culture.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. (File)

India land of hatred, falsehood under PM Modi: Sonia Gandhi

Terming the Modi government as “directionless and anti-people”, Sonia Gandhi said it had betrayed the people by making false promises.