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Sonia Gandhi Sonia Gandhi Height: 1.63 m DOB: 9 December 1946

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.

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Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi visit Rae bareli  

Congress leaders not ready for alliance in UP

India | Jun 12, 2019, 03:24 PM IST

Party leaders, who met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi in Bhuyemau Guest house in Rae Bareli on Wednesday, said that the party should make an effort to stand on its own feet.

DMK president M K Stalin

DMK president Stalin greets Sonia, hails Congress as 'guarantee' for pluralism

India | Jun 02, 2019, 05:19 PM IST

DMK president Stalin even referred to Sonia as 'Annai' (mother). Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu mentioned Sonia Gandhi as "Annai Sonia" as a mark of respect.  

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi 

Sonia Gandhi praises Rahul for 'valiant, relentless' Lok Sabha campaign

India | Jun 01, 2019, 03:51 PM IST

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday praised Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his "valiant and relentless" campaign in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saying he toiled night and day for the party, demonstrated his "fearless leadership" and took on the Narendra Modi government head on.

Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi

Congress reviewing defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

India | Jun 01, 2019, 01:49 PM IST

UP Congress Committee member Rajiv Singh said, "The review will take place even at village level. The members of the review team will hold meetings with heads of blocks and panchayat."

Congress will be a strong opposition under Sonia Gandhi:

Congress will be a strong opposition under Sonia Gandhi: Rahul

India | Jun 01, 2019, 01:43 PM IST

His remarks came soon after Sonia Gandhi was elected as CPP leader unanimously as the newly-elected Lok Sabha members of the party elected her to the post once again during their first meeting on Saturday.

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Congress says it will claim for Leader of Opposition and Deputy Speaker posts

Politics | Jun 01, 2019, 01:43 PM IST

Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi was elected as chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP). The decision was taken in the very first meeting of newly elected Congress Lok Sabha MPs. The meeting took place in the Central Hall of Parliament.

The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) is currently

Congress Parliamentary Party meet begins

India | Jun 01, 2019, 11:28 AM IST

This will be the first official meeting that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will attend after the May 25 meeting of the party's working committee, where he had offered to quit as Congress chief.

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Sonia Gandhi remains Congress Parliamentary Party leader

India | Jun 01, 2019, 01:31 PM IST

This was the first official meeting that Congress president Rahul Gandhi attended after the May 25 meeting of the party's working committee, where he had offered to quit as Congress chief.

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Congress lawmakers to meet today: Here's what to expect

Politics | Jun 01, 2019, 06:50 AM IST

The CPP is currently chaired by Sonia Gandhi and all 52 Lok Sabha MPs will be present at the meeting, besides its members in the Rajya Sabha, sources said. The meeting will be held in the central hall of Parliament and MPs will also chalk out its strategy for the upcoming session of Parliament, they said.

PM Modi Swearing-In: List of all the High-Profile guests

PM Modi swearing in ceremony: List of high profile guests

India | May 30, 2019, 05:32 PM IST

Several high profile guests are expected to grace the swearing in ceremony. From BIMSTEC leaders to prominent opposition leaders, a range of dignitaries will be witness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony.

Sonia Gandhi to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony, no

Sonia, Rahul to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony

India | May 29, 2019, 11:29 PM IST

United Progressive Alliance chairperson and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. Congress leader Anand Sharma will accompany Sonia Gandhi at the oath-taking.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi 

Ready to sacrifice everything to protect country's basic values: Sonia Gandhi thanks Rae Bareli for support

India | May 27, 2019, 08:32 AM IST

Sonia Gandhi thanked the workers of Congress as well as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Swambhiman Dal for their support during the elections.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Cong Working Committee meets to review Lok Sabha poll debacle, Rahul may offer to quit

India | May 25, 2019, 01:02 PM IST

Though the party improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year. The party could not open its account in 18 states and Union Territories.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Congress office wears deserted look

India | May 23, 2019, 02:18 PM IST

Senior party leaders were conspicuous by their absence as the trends showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead on 298 seats while the Congress was leading in 52 seats, as per the Election Commission website. Congress spokespersons present at the party headquarters were also keen to know the trends to firm up before giving their opinion.

Sonia Gandhi strategizing for Congress, holds meeting with

Sonia Gandhi strategises, holds meeting with top party leaders

India | May 18, 2019, 11:59 PM IST

Congress leaders led by Sonia Gandhi, party chief Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, held deliberations with Ahmed Patel, A K Antony and others as they geared up for a possible hung Parliament.

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UPA closes ranks: Sonia Gandhi kicks off Mission 272, sends letters to political leaders for meeting on May 23

India | May 16, 2019, 10:34 PM IST

Letters have been shot off to allies as well as parties that have chosen to project a neutral image till now. UPA will try to form government at the Centre in case NDA falls short of majority mark.

Sonia Gandhi kicks off Project 272 with May 23 invite to

Sonia Gandhi kicks off Project 272 with May 23 invite to political heavyweights

India | May 16, 2019, 08:58 PM IST

Gathbandhan partners Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav could be the most prominent faces of Sonia Gandhi's much talked- about May 23 meeting. Neutral players Naveen Patnaik and K Chandrashekhar Rao are also being approached.  

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Sonia Gandhi declares assets: Rs 60,000 in cash, over Rs 2.4 cr in shares

Apr 11, 2019, 04:48 PM IST

As per the affidavit filed by Gandhi during submitting her nomination, she only has Rs 60,000 in cash and fixed deposits to the tune of Rs 16.59 lakh. 

The Congress party was able to put together a comfortable

Is PM Narendra Modi invincible? Not at all, says Sonia Gandhi

India | Apr 11, 2019, 02:42 PM IST

When asked if PM Modi was invincible, Sonia Gandhi told reporters: "Not at all. Remember 2004? Atal Bihari Vajpayee looked invincible. But we won."

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Sonia Gandhi embarks on roadshow before filing nomination in Raebareli

Apr 11, 2019, 02:39 PM IST

She also offered puja at the Congress' central office in Rae Bareli before starting the roadshow.

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