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
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul also visited Raj Ghat and Vijay Ghat, memorials to Mahatma Gandhi and India's second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, respectively, to pay floral tributes to them. Several Union Ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other political leaders also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar town of Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi adopted a non-violent resistance and was at the forefront of the freedom struggle against the colonial British rule.