Gandhi chosen to lead India parliament

NEW DELHI, May 15 (UPI) -- Sonia Gandhi has been chosen by India's Congress Party as its leader in parliament, clearing the way to become the next prime minister.

Sonia Gandhi elected parliament leader

NEW DELHI, May 15 (UPI) -- India's Congress Party Saturday elected Sonia Gandhi as the new leader in the parliament, clearing decks for her to take over as the new Prime Minister.

25 Indian ministers lose positions

NEW DELHI, May 13 (UPI) -- India's federal elections results have spelled doom for several top ranked officials with at least 25 ministers of the outgoing coalition government ousted.

India's Congress Party returns to power

NEW DELHI, May 13 (UPI) -- India's opposition Congress Party returned to power Thursday with a surprise victory in federal parliament elections.

Vajpayee quits after poll drubbing

NEW DELHI, May 13 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Thursday resigned after the ruling National Democratic Alliance lost the federal elections.

India ruling BJP struggling

NEW DELHI, May 12 (UPI) -- India's ruling alliance, struggling to win a parliament majority in the latest elections, Wednesday began wooing regional parties to come into its fold. The National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party must ge

Third round of India elections completed

NEW DELHI, April 26 (UPI) -- Exit polls indicate India's ruling coalition may not win as big as originally forecast in national elections, the third round of which was conducted Monday.

India's general elections begin

NEW DELHI, April 19 (UPI) -- India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, riding a wave of explosive economic growth, expects to win in the general elections that will take three weeks to complet

Indian court rules on TV political ads

CALCUTTA, India, April 3 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court has given the Indian Elections Commission authority to ban disgusting or revolting political ads on television.

Indian leaders told to hold their tongue

NEW DELHI, April 2 (UPI) -- India's Chief Election Commissioner has asked political leaders to refrain from making personal attacks on each other during the upcoming election campaigns.

India opens election nominations

NEW DELHI, March 24 (UPI) -- India on Wednesday began nominations for federal elections in April and May for the national parliament.

India's Vajpayee wasn't keen on polls

BEED, India, March 20 (UPI) -- India's prime minister said Saturday he had not wanted to contest the upcoming elections but felt compelled by a sense of duty.

Ban call on Nehru's book sparks row

NEW DELHI, March 19 (UPI) -- An acrimonious debate has erupted in India over a proposed ban on a book written 60 years ago by Jawahar Lal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister.

Gandhi namesake harassed by phone calls

NEW DELHI, March 17 (UPI) -- A namesake of Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi says she receives dozens of phone calls a day from wannabe politicians.

Two hurt in chopper crash in India

NEW DELHI, March 16 (UPI) -- A helicopter carrying Indian politicians to an election rally crashed landed Tuesday, hurting two people.
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Sonia Gandhi
Congress party President and Chairman of India's ruling United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi (R) welcomes Indian president nominee Pratibha Patil, 72, at her residence in New Delhi on June 16, 2007. India's governing coalition chose a woman as its presidential candidate Thursday, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. The post is largely ceremonial, though the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces and has the power to declare a state of emergency in times of political crisis. (UPI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino on 9 December 1946) is an Italian-born Indian politician and the President of the Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. After his assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian National Congress to take over the Congress but Gandhi refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997 and in 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress.

Since then, Gandhi has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party. She has served as the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since 2004. In September 2010, on being re-elected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party. Her foreign birth has been a subject of much debate and controversy. Although Sonia is actually the fifth foreign-born person to be leader of the Congress Party, she is the first since independence in 1947.

She was born to Stefano and Paola Maino in Contrada Màini ("Maini quarter (or district)"), Lusiana, a little village 30 km from Vicenza in Veneto, Italy, where families with family name "Màino" have been living for many generations. She spent her adolescence in Orbassano, a town near Turin, being raised in a traditional Roman Catholic family and attending a Catholic school. Her father, a building mason, died in 1983. Her mother and two sisters still live around Orbassano.

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