Sonia Gandhi is an Indian politician of Italian descent. By way of her marriage to Rajiv Gandhi, she is a member of the Nehru–Gandhi family. She was a former president of the Congress party. In 1998, she took over as the party leader and remained in office for a record nineteen years. Under her leadership, the party formed the government post the 2004 elections. She has since been credited for being instrumental in formulating the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). After the 2004 victory, Gandhi declined the premiership and instead led the ruling alliance and the National Advisory Council. In 2009, UPA was re-elected to power. Her foreign birth has been a subject of much debate and controversy. In December 2017, she stepped down as the Congress president. Sonia Gandhi has been widely described as one of the most powerful politicians in the country. She is also listed among the most powerful women in the world. Early life: She was born in a small village near Vicenza, Italy and was raised in a Roman Catholic Christian family. For higher education, she moved to Cambridge and in 1968, married Rajiv Gandhi. After marriage, she took up Indian citizenship and began living in India. Following her husband's assassination, she finally agreed to join politics in 1997.read more
Earlier on Friday, Sidhu had said his concerns have been resolved and the party asserted that he will continue as the head of the state unit.
In a resolution on the political situation in the country, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) said the "assault on democratic institutions completes the sad and shameless narrative of the Modi government".
The Congress Working committee, the highest decision making body of the party, has given go ahead to the internal elections of the party.
Recalling that the Congress had finalised a roadmap for electing a regular Congress chief by June 30 but that deadline was extended indefinitely due to Covid second wave, Sonia Gandhi in CWC meet said that today was the occasion for bringing clarity once and for all on the issue of the organisational polls.
In her opening remark at CWC meet chaired by her, the interim Congress president said she had been wanting for the meeting ever since Parliament adjourned."Now that all of us are doubly vaccinated, I decided we could meet physically with our masks on," Sonia Gandhi said.
In her remarks on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi also said the party is ready for the internal elections.
Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said, "I expressed my concerns regarding Punjab and Punjab Congress to party high-command. I've full faith in Congress president, Priyanka ji & Rahul ji. Whatever decision they'll take, it'll for the betterment of Congress and Punjab. I'll follow their directions."
"I have suggested to Rahul ji that he should become the president of the All India Congress Committee," Siddaramaiah told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.
Sources say reports say present Working President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Kuljit Nagra and Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu are frontrunners for the post of new Punjab Congress President.
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.
Chief spokesperson of the Congress Randeep Surjewala said the party president had indicated last week that a meeting of the CWC, the top decision-making body of the party, would be called very soon.
Amid the Punjab Congress fiasco, Kapil Sibal launched an attack on Rahul Gandhi and wondered who in the party is taking decisions. He said that the party leaders' demand of organisational elections has not been met even a year after the letter was written by G-23.
Navjot Singh Sidhu in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi resigned as party's Punjab unit chief but said he will continue to serve the party.
The Congress had appointed Sidhu as Punjab state unit chief in July following a bitter duel with Captain Amarinder Singh which eventually saw the later stepping down from his post.
Addressing his resignation letter to All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, Faleiro, who represented Navelim seat, has alleged that the Goa unit of the party is led by a "coterie" of leaders whose priority is personal gains.
Captain Amarinder Singh though is not opening his cards for what he will do in the future, but he is making it clear that he is not going to hang his boots soon, and will fight the battle like a soldier.
Will Amarinder Singh continue to remain in Congress, form his own party, or join the BJP, he discusses it in an exclusive conversation with India TV.
On reports that party's Punjab unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu didn't want any other leader to be considered for the post of chief minister except him, Harish Rawat said it wouldn't be a fare observation since such reports were unsubstantiated.
BJP leader Amit Malviya, who is its IT department head, tweeted, "Congress's CM pick Charanjit Channi faces action in a 3-year-old MeToo case. He had allegedly sent an inappropriate text to a woman IAS officer in 2018. It was covered up but the case resurfaced when Punjab Women's Commission sent notice. Well done, Rahul."
It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab, AICC general secretary Harish Rawat said on Sunday.