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Italian-born Indian politician and the President of the Indian National Congress

  • Sonia Gandhi was born as Edvige Antonia Albina Maino on December 9, 1946 at Lusiana, Italy.
  • Her father is a building mason.
  • She met Rajiv Gandhi when he was studying at the Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in 1965. Sonia was working at a Greek restaurant as a waitress at that time. The couple married in 1968 and moved to India.
  • Sonia was a housewife for a long time and took care of the house.
  • She stayed away from politics for a while even after the death of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and pressure from the Congress Party which requested for her political entry.
  • She joined the Indian National Congress in 1997 and was elected as the leader of the Congress in 1998.
  • She is the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since 2004.
  • Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra are her children.
  • In August 2011, she underwent a successful surgery for some ailment in the USA. The details of her ailment is unknown.
  • She has Honorary Doctorates from University of Madras and Brussels University and Order of King Leopold from the Government of Belgium.

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