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Detailed Profile: Smt. Sonia Gandhi

NameSmt. Sonia Gandhi
Constituency from which I am electedRae Bareli
Father's NameLate Mr. Stefano Maino
Mother's NameMrs. Paola Predebon
Date of Birth09 Dec 1946
Birth PlaceLusiana, Vicenza, (Italy)
Maritial StatusWidow
Date of Marriage 25 Feb 1968
Spouse NameLate Shri Rajiv Gandhi
No. of ChildrenNo.of Sons:1   No.of Daughters:1
State NameUttar Pradesh
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent Address
Present Address10, Janpath,New Delhi - 110 011Tels. (011) 23014161, 23012656
Email idsoniagandhi[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational Qualifications(i) Three years course in foreign languages (English & French) completed in 1964 at Istituto Santa Teresa, Turin, Italy (ii) Certificate in English from Lennox Cook School, Cambridge, U.K. completed in 1965
Positions Held
Mar. 1998 onwardsPresident, Indian National Congress
Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP)
1999Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha
1999-2000Member, General Purposes Committee
2004Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha ( 2nd term)
Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance
2004-22 Mar. 2006Chairperson, 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
Special InterestsProtection of the environment; Indian handlooms, handicrafts, Indian classical and tribal art & music; conservation of oil painting.
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationReading and gardening
Countries VisitedWidely travelled
Other InformationChairperson, (i) Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, (ii) Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust; (iii) Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; President, (i) Swaraj Bhavan Trust; (ii) Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital Society; Trustee, Jalianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust; Member, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Source: Lok Sabha