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Smt. Sonia Gandhi

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About

Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian politician who currently heads the Indian National Congress party. She belongs to the third generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family. She was born as Edvige Antonia Albina Maino in Italy on 9 December, 1946. Sonia Gandhi is the widow of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. She joined politics in 1997amidst constent requests from Congress party members after the demise of her husband Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991.

Sonia's foreign origin has been a subject of controversy and debate in Indian politics. She is the first foreign-born to lead the national party since Independence. Sonia Gandhi presently holds the position of President of the Indian National Congress Party, which is one of the oldest and most powerful parties in Indian politics. She served as the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, which was in power at the Centre for two consecutive terms. Sonia Gandhi is the longest serving president of the Congress party.

 

 

Sonia Gandhi

Full name Antonia Edvige Albina Maino
Age 69
DOB Dec 9, 1946
Place of Birth Lusiana, Veneto, Italy
Religion Roman Catholic
Profession before joining politics Political and Social Worker
Spouse Name Rajiv Gandhi
Children 1son 1 daughter
Important positions held March 1998 onwards - President, Indian National Congress Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP)
Achievements
  • She was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2004.
  • In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked her as the ninth most powerful person on the planet.
  • She was also listed among the Time100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007 and 2008.

 

Sonia Gandhi Elections result

Year Constituency State Status
2014 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh Won
2009 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh Won

How did Sonia Gandhienter politics

Sonia Gandhiled a quiet life as a housewife, away from public eye and politics. She got connected with Indian public life during her husband’s election as Prime Minister. This was the aftermath of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was the mother of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1984, Sonia Gandhifor the first time campaigned actively against Maneka Gandhi, her sister-in-Law (wife of Sanjay Gandhi, the younger brother of Rajiv Gandhi), who was contesting against Rajiv Gandhi in Amethi. Rajiv Gandhi won the election and became the Prime Minister of India.

Sonia Gandhiplayed the perfect official hostess as his wife and also travelled with him on several state visits. Unfortunately Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991. Soon after this, the party invited Sonia Gandhito join as a member and take up the post of Prime Minister, which she refused. After her disinclination the party chose P. V. Narasimha Rao as their leader and as the Prime Minister of India. The Congress party lost the elections in 1996 and continued to dwindle, when senior leaders, including P. Chidambaram, Madhavrao Scindhia, Arjun Singh, Rajesh Pilot and Mamata Banerjee showed their resentment for the then incumbent President of the party- Sri Sitaram Kesari. Congress saw several splits during this period.