Sonia Gandhi

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    Sonia Gandhi

    She is an Indian politician who is current  president of Indian National Congress. She was the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance. She is an Indian politician who was the president of Indian National Congress and the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance. She is the widow of the former Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in the year 1991, Sonia Gandhi was invited by the Congress leaders to conquest the government, but she refused and overtly stayed away from politics amidst invariable prodding from the party. She lastly settled to join politics in the year 1997.

    Family Details

    Sonia is the widow of late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was the elder son of Indira Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi has two children, Priyanka Wadra and Rahul Gandhi. Despite belonging to the significant Nehru family, Rajiv and Sonia avoided all participations in politics. Rajiv Gandhi worked as an airline pilot at the same time as Sonia Gandhi took care of her family. When Indira Gandhi was expelled from office in the 1977 in the repercussion of the Indian Emergency, Rajiv’s family moved overseas for a short time. When Rajiv Gandhi entered politics in the year 1982 after the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi sustained to focus on her family & shunned all contact with the public.


    In the year 1964, Sonia Gandhi went to study English at Bell Educational Trust's language school in Cambridge. A number of Congress supporters looked for a compelling personality to guide the party to electoral accomplishment and kept sending their appeals to Sonia Gandhi to take over the party after the demise of Rajiv Gandhi. She at last agreed to join politics in the year 1997 and in the year 1998, she was designated as the leader of Congress. Since that time, she has been the President of Indian National Congress. She has dished up as the Chairperson of ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since the year 2004. In Sep 2010, on being re - elected for the 4th time, she became the longest-serving president in the history of Congress party. Sonia Gandhi was regarded the 3rd most influential woman in the world by the Forbes magazine in 2004 & was ranked 6th in the year 2007. In the year 2010, Sonia Gandhi ranked as the 9th most influential person on the planet by the Forbes Magazine. She was also recognized among the Time 100 most powerful people in the world for 2007 and 2008.


    • After joining as a chief member of Indian National Congress, after 62 days, Sonia Gandhi became the President of the party
    • Sonia Gandhi won Lok Sabha elections in the year 1999 from Bellary, Uttar Pradesh
    • Sonia Gandhi was re - elected as the Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, two times in the year 2004 and in the year 2009
    • She was elected in the thirteenth Lok Sabha as the Leader of Opposition in the year 1999 during the NDA government guided by Bharatiya Janata Party under the management of Atal Behari Vajpayee
    • As the leader of opposition, in the year 2003, she called a no - confidence motion against the government
    • The 2004 elections saw her initiating a nation-wide movement with the "Aam Aadmi" slogan aligned with the “India Shining” slogan of National Democratic Alliance led by BJP
    • She won the election in the year 2004 with a great periphery from the Rae Bareilly constituency. Sonia Gandhi appointed Mr. Manmohan Singh as India’s next Prime Minister
    • She got re - elected in May 2006 from the Rae Bareilly constituency with the large margin of votes.


    2004: Sonia Gandhi was addressed as the 3rd most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine

    2006: Sonia Gandhi received a voluntary Doctorate from Brussels University

    2006: Belgium Government honoured her with the Order of King Leopold

    2007: Sonia Gandhi was mentioned as the 6th most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine.

    She was regarded as one of the 100 most influential people of the world by Time in the year 2007 and in 2008.

    2008: Sonia Gandhi received the Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Madras University

    2009: Sonia Gandhi was addressed as the 9the most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine

    2010: A British magazine, New Statesman, ranked her among 50 most influential people of the world

    Books and Documentaries

    Books featuring Sonia Gandhi:

    Sonia Gandhi – An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny (2011) written by Rani Singh

    Sonia Gandhi: Tryst with India written by Nurul Islam Sarkar

    Sonia: A Biography by Rasheed Kidwai

    The Accidental Prime Minister written by Sanjaya Baru, 2014


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