Sonia Gandhi

Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2019 Sonia Gandhi
Constituency : Rae Bareli(Uttar Pradesh)
Party Name : Indian National Congress
Father's Name : Late Mr. Stefano Maino
Mother's Name : Mrs. Paola Predebon
Date of Birth : 09 Dec 1946
Place of Birth : Lusiana, Vicenza (Italy)
Marital Status : Widow
Date of Marriage : 25 Feb 1968
Spouse's Name : Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi
No.of Sons : 1
No.of Daughters : 1
Educational Qualifications :
Certificate course in English language from Cambridge, U.K.
Foreign Languages:
(i) Three years course in foreign languages (English & French) 
completed in 1964 at Istituto Santa Teresa, Via Santa Teresa 10, Turin, Italy
(ii) Certificate course in English from Lennox Cook School, University of Cambridge, completed in 1965
Profession : Political and Social Worker

Positions Held

Mar. 1998 onwards
President, Indian National Congress
Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP)
1999 Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
1999 - 2004
Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha
Member, General Purposes Committee
Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance
2004 - 2009 and 2009 - 2014
Chairperson, National Advisory Council
23 Mar. 2006
Resigned from 14th Lok Sabha
15 May 2006
Re-elected in a bye-election
16 May 2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
29 Mar. 2010 Appointed Chairperson of the (re-constituted), National Advisory Council
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term)

Books Published

Authored (i) “Rajiv”; and “Rajiv’s World”; Edited (i) “Freedom’s Daughter” and (ii) “Two Alone, Two Together” (two volumes of letters exchanged between Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi from 1922 to 1964)

Special Interests

Protection of the environment; Indian handlooms, handicrafts, Indian classical and tribal art & music; conservation of oil painting.

Favourite Pastime and Recreation

Reading and gardening

Sports and Clubs

Member, (i) President`s Polo Club; and (ii) India International Centre

Countries Visited

Widely travelled

Other Information

Chairperson, (i) Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, (ii) Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, and (iii) Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; President, (i) Swaraj Bhavan Trust; (ii) Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital Society; Trustee, Jalianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust



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Source : Election Commission of India