Member of Parliament (MP) Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Member of Parliament (MP) Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Constituency   :Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh )
Party Name     :Indian National Congress(INC)
Email Address :soniagandhi[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in
Father’s NameLate Mr. Stefano Maino
Mother’s NameMrs. Paola Predebon
Date of Birth09 Dec 1946
Place of BirthLusiana, Vicenza (Italy)
Marital StatusWidow
Date of Marriage25 Feb 1968
Spouse’s NameLate Shri Rajiv Gandhi
No. of Sons1
No.of Daughters1
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
ProfessionPolitical and Social Worker
Permanent Address
10, Janpath,
New Delhi – 110011
Tels. (011) 23014481
Fax. (011) 23018651
Present Address
10, Janpath,
New Delhi – 110 011
Tels. (011) 23014481, 23012656
Fax. (011) 23018651
Positions Held
Mar. 1998 onwardsPresident, Indian National Congress
Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP)
1999Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
1999 – 2004Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha
1999-2000Member, General Purposes Committee
2004Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance
2004 – 2009 and 2009 – 2014Chairperson, National Advisory Council
23 Mar. 2006Resigned from 14th Lok Sabha
15 May 2006Re-elected in a bye-election
16 May 2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
29 Mar. 2010Appointed Chairperson of the (re-constituted), National Advisory Council
May, 2014Re-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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