Seventeenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Gandhi, Smt. Sonia
Constituency   : Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh)
Party Name     : Indian National Congress(INC)
Email Address : soniagandhi[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in,

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
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
Permanent Address
10, Janpath,
New Delhi - 110011
Tels. (011) 23014481
Fax. (011) 23018651
Present Address
10, Janpath,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tel : (011) 23014481,
Fax (011) 23018651
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
1999-2000 Member, General Purposes Committee
2004 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)
May, 2019 Re-elected to 17th Lok Sabha (5th 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, 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

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