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Sonia Gandhi

Biography

Sonia Gandhi is a former president of the Indian National Congress. She is the Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the ruling coalition, the United Progressive Alliance. Mrs. Gandhi was born in Italy on December 9, 1946. After her early education, she attended a foreign language school where she studied English, French and Russian. She met Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge where she was doing an English language course. They were married in New Delhi in 1968. She has a son, Rahul, a daughter, Priyanka, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Gandhi spent most of her married life largely as a private citizen looking after her family. She was a companion to her mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi, during many of her official duties and frequently acted as her hostess. During the years 1984 to 1991 when her husband was Prime Minister and then briefly leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, she assumed a limited public role, mostly accompanying him on his tours in the country and abroad. At the same time, she looked after his parliamentary constituency, Amethi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, concentrating on health-care camps and other welfare activities.

After the assassination of her husband in May 1991, she set up the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, a non-governmental organization, and its associated think-tank, the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies. As Chairperson of these, she kept herself occupied in their activities which commemorate her husbands legacy. She also heads a number of other NGOs.

Shortly before the Lok Sabha elections in 1998, in response to widespread demands from Congress Party rank and file, she entered public life. She campaigned vigorously on behalf of the party and became the President of the Indian National Congress Party in April 1998.

Mrs. Gandhi was first elected a Member of Parliament from the Amethi parliamentary constituency in 1999, following which she became Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. In the 2004 General Elections, she led the electoral campaign of her Party which secured the largest number of seats. This enabled the Congress Party to form a coalition government [UPA]. In this election, she was elected as a Member of Parliament from Rae Bareily in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress Party unanimously elected her as its leader in Parliament, and she was therefore expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister. However, she declined to accept the position and nominated Dr. Manmohan Singh to lead the coalition government. Apart from being the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, she is the leader of the Congress Party in Parliament.

She was also the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council (NAC) till May 2006, a forum that made periodic recommendations to the government in areas of socio-economic importance. Among the initiatives that have resulted in official action were NAC's recommendations relating to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Right to Information Act, the National Rural Health Mission, the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission and the National Rehabilitation Policy.

Personal Life

Full Name Sonia Gandhi
Date of Birth 09 Dec 1946 (Age 72)
Place of Birth Vicenza, Italy
Party name Indian National Congress
Education Others
Profession Politician
Father's Name Stefano Maino
Mother's Name Paola Maino
Spouse's Name Late Sri Rajiv Gandhi
Spouse's Profession Former Prime Minister
No of Sons 1
No of Daughters 1

Contact

Permanent address R/O 40, Janpath, New Delhi, Persently At Rae Bareli
Present address 10, Janpath,New Delhi - 110 011
Contact number 07839306400, 05352005599, :+91 2379 2263,2301 9080
Email raebareli.inc@gmail.com, soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in

Interesting Facts

1) In her childhood, she was very fond of Football and used to play Football with the children of her neighbourhood. Before her marriage, she was staying with the Bachchans at their Wellington Crescent House.
2) Sonia was engaged to Rajiv on 26 January 1968 (Republic Day of India) and was married to him On 25 February 1968, Vasant Panchami Day, the same day when Indira married Feroz Gandhi decades earlier.
3) Her Mehandi Ceremony (a day before the marriage) took place at the Bachchans house.
4) Before her marriage she was well-versed in French and after her marriage she learned Hindi, initially with a tutor at home and later at an institute.
5) She has authored two books Rajiv and Rajivs World. She has edited two volumes of letters exchanged between Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi between 1922 and 1964, entitled "Freedom's Daughter" and "Two Alone, Two Together".
6) She is particularly interested in issues related to the environment, empowerment of the disadvantaged, especially women, and the welfare of children.
7) Her other interests include reading Indian contemporary, classical and tribal art, Indian handlooms and handicrafts and, both folk and classical music. She has a diploma in the conservation of oil paintings from the National Museum in New Delhi.

Political Timeline

  • 2014
    In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, she won the Lok Sabha seat from Raebareli for the 4th term.
  • 2009
    In 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, she was re-elected from Raebareli constituency for the third term.
  • 2006
    She was re-elected from her constituency Raebareli Uttar Pradesh.
  • 2004
    In the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, she won the Lok Sabha seat from Raebareli Uttar Pradesh. On 16 May 2004, she was chosen the leader of a 15-party coalition government named as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
  • 1999
    She contested Lok Sabha elections from Amethi Uttar Pradesh and Bellary Karnataka and won both the seats.
  • 1999
    She was elected Leader of the Opposition of the 13th Lok Sabha.
  • 1998
    She became Party Leader of Indian National Congress.
  • 1997
    Sonia Gandhi joined Indian National Congress as a Primary Member.
Net Worth9.29 CRORE
ASSETS9.29 CRORE
LiabilitiesN/A

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.

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