Date: 06 Jun 2011


Wikipedia says, Sonia Gandhi has $18.66 billion in Swiss Bank accounts \\\\\\\\\\ By Rocky Saggoo - Posted on 22 February 2011 \\\\\\\\\\\\ UPA Chairperson and the President of All India Congress Committee "Sonia Gandhi" has around $9.41 billion (Rs 42,345 crore) to $18.66 billion (Rs 83,900 crore)in Swiss Bank accounts, according to the article on Wikipedia.\\\\\\\\\ According to the article, Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte on 11 November 1991 revealed that Sonia Gandhi was controlling secret Swiss Bank accounts worth $2.2 billion (Rs 10,000 crore). If these are reports are true then India is in bigger trouble, you might have ever imagined. As, there are so many Indian politicians who are supposed to have bank accounts in Swiss Bank. Even if 20% of them are having bank accounts, still there would be billions of dollars of India rotting in Swiss Bank. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Sonia Gandhi \\\\\\\\\\\ Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Incumbent \\\\\\\\\\ Assumed office 2004 \\\\\\\\\\ President of Indian National Congress Incumbent Assumed office 1998 \\\\\\ Member of the Lok Sabha for Rae Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh Incumbent\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\ Assumed office 2006\\\\\ In office 2004 – 23 March 2006 \\\\\\\\ Leader of the Opposition \\\\\\\\\ In office 19 March 1998 – 22 May 2004 Succeeded by Lal Krishna Advani \\\\\\\\\\\\\ Member of the Lok Sabha for Amethi, Uttar Pradesh In office\\\\\\\\ 1999–2004 \\\\\\\\\\\ Born 9 December 1946 (age 64) Lusiana, Veneto, Italy \\\\\\\\\\ Citizenship India Nationality Indian \\\\\\\\\\ Political party Indian National Congress \\\\\\\ Spouse(s) Rajiv Gandhi (m. 1969–1991) \\\\\\\\\\\ Children Rahul Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi \\\\\\\\\\\\ Residence 10 Janpath, New Delhi, India Profession Politician\\\\\\\ Social Worker \ Religion Roman Catholicism[1] Signature \\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\ Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino[2][3][4] on December 9, 1946)[5] is the President of Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is Italian-born daughter-in-law of the late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. After her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian Congress Party 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.[6] Her foreign birth has been a subject of much debate and controversy.[7][8][9] Although Sonia is actually the fifth foreign-born person to be leader of the Congress Party, she is the first since independence in 1947.[10] Contents [hide]\\\\\\\\\\\ • 1 Early life • 2 Political career o 2.1 Wife of the Prime Minister o 2.2 Congress President o 2.3 Leader of the Opposition o 2.4 2004 elections and aftermath o 2.5 UPA Chairperson • 3 Personal life • 4 International Recognition • 5 See also • 6 Notes • 7 References • 8 External links \\\\\\\ Early life\\\\ She was born to Stefano and Paola Maino in contrada Mΰini ("Maini street") in Lusiana, a little village 30 km from Vicenza in Veneto, Italy. 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 contractor, died in 1983.[11] Her mother and two sisters still live around Orbassano.[12]\\\\\\\\\ In 1964, she went to study English at the Bell Educational Trust's language school in the city of Cambridge. She met Rajiv Gandhi, who was enrolled in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in 1965 at a Greek restaurant while working there, as a waitress to make ends meet.[13][14] Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi married in 1968, following which she moved into the house of her mother-in-law and then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.[15]\\\\\\\\ The couple had two children, Rahul Gandhi (born 1970) and Priyanka Gandhi (born 1972). Despite belonging to the influential Nehru family, Sonia and Rajiv avoided all involvement in politics. Rajiv worked as an airline pilot while Sonia took care of her family.[16] When Indira was ousted from office in 1977 in the aftermath of the Indian Emergency, the Rajiv family moved abroad for a short time.[citation needed] When Rajiv entered politics in 1982 after the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash on 23 June 1980, Sonia continued to focus on her family and avoided all contact with the public.[17]\\\\\\\\ Political career\\\\\\ Wife of the Prime Minister\\\\\\\\ Sonia Gandhi's involvement with Indian public life began after the assassination of her mother-in-law and her husband's election as Prime Minister. As the Prime Minister's wife she acted as his official hostess and also accompanied him on a number of state visits.[citation needed] In 1984, she actively campaigned against her husband's sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi who was running against Rajiv in Amethi. At the end of Rajiv Gandhi's five years in office, the Bofors Scandal broke out. Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian business man believed to be involved, was said to be a friend of Sonia Gandhi, having access to the Prime Minister's official residence.[18] In 1980, her name appeared in the voter's list for New Delhi prior to her becoming an Indian Citizen, when she was still holding Italian Citizenship.[19] It was a violation of Indian Laws.[20] When she did acquire Indian Citizenship in April 1983, the issue cropped up again, as her name appeared on the 1983 voter's list when the deadline for registering had been in January 1983.[21][22] Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said that she surrendered her Italian passport to the Italian Embassy on 27 April 1983. Italian nationality law did not permit dual nationality until 1992. So, by acquiring Indian citizenship in 1983, she would automatically have lost Italian citizenship.[23]\\\\\\\\ Congress President \\\\\\\\\\\ With the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev during his State visit in December 2008. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and her refusal of becoming Prime Minister, the party settled on the choice of P. V. Narasimha Rao who became leader and subsequently Prime Minister. Over the next few years, however, the Congress fortunes continued to dwindle and it lost the 1996 elections. Several senior leaders such as Madhavrao Sindhia, Rajesh Pilot, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Arjun Singh, Mamata Banerjee, G. K. Moopanar, P. Chidambaram and Jayanthi Natarajan were in open revolt against incumbent President Sitaram Kesri and quit the party, splitting the Congress into many factions.\\\\\\\\\\\\ In an effort to revive the party's sagging fortunes, she joined the Congress Party as a primary member in the Calcutta Plenary Session in 1997 and became party leader in 1998.[24] In May 1999, three senior leaders of the party (Sharad Pawar, Purno A. Sangma, and Tariq Anwar) challenged her right to try to become India's Prime Minister because of her foreign origins. In response, she offered to resign as party leader, resulting in an outpouring of support and the expulsion from the party of the three rebels who went on to form the Nationalist Congress Party.[25] Within 62 days of joining as a primary member, she was offered the party President post which she accepted. She contested Lok Sabha elections from Bellary, Karnataka and Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in 1999. In Bellary she defeated veteran BJP leader, Sushma Swaraj. In 2004 and 2009, she was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.\\\\\\\\ Leader of the Opposition\\\\\\\\ Sonia Gandhi with Bill Clinton during his visit in 2000\\\\\\\\\ She was elected the Leader of the Opposition of the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999. When the BJP-led NDA formed a government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she took the office of the Leader of Opposition. As Leader of Opposition, she called a no-confidence motion against the NDA government led by Vajpayee in 2003.\\\\\\\\\\\ She holds the record of having served as Congress President for 10 years consecutively. 2004 elections and aftermath\\\\\\\\\ In the 2004 general elections, Gandhi launched a nationwide campaign, criss-crossing the country on the Aam Aadmi (ordinary man) slogan in contrast to the 'India Shining' slogan of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance. She countered the BJP asking "Who is India Shining for?". In the election, she won by a large margin in the Rae Bareilly constituency. Following the unexpected defeat of the NDA, she was widely expected to be the next Prime Minister of India. On 16 May, she was unanimously chosen to lead a 15-party coalition government with the support of the left, which was subsequently named the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The defeated NDA protested once against her 'foreign origin' and senior NDA leader Sushma Swaraj threatened to shave her head and "sleep on the ground", among other things, should Sonia become prime minister.[7] The NDA also claimed that there were legal reasons that barred her from the Prime Minister's post.[26] They pointed, in particular, to Section 5 of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, which they claimed implied 'reciprocity'. This was contested by others[27] and eventually the suits were dismissed by the Supreme Court of India.\\\\\\\\\\A few days after the election, Gandhi appointed Manmohan Singh as prime minister. Her supporters compared it to the old Indian tradition of renunciation,[28] while her opponents attacked it as a political stunt.[29]\\\\\\\\ UPA Chairperson \\\\\\\\\\ Sonia Gandhi speaking at World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2006\\\\\\\\\\\ On 23 March 2006, Gandhi announced her resignation from the Lok Sabha and also as chairperson of the National Advisory Council under the office-of-profit controversy and the speculation that the government was planning to bring an ordinance to exempt the post of chairperson of National Advisory Council from the purview of office of profit. She was re-elected from her constituency Rae Bareilly in May 2006 by a margin of over 400,000 votes.\\\\\\\\ As chairperson of the National Advisory Committee and the UPA, she played an important role in making the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Right to Information Act into law.[30][31]\\\\\\\\\\\\ She addressed the United Nations on 2 October 2007, Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary which is observed as the international day of non-violence after a UN resolution passed on 15 July 2007.[32] Under her leadership, India returned the Congress-led-UPA to a near majority in the 2009 general elections with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister. The Congress itself won 206 Lok Sabha seats, which was the highest total by any party since 1991. Personal life \\\\\\\\\ Sonia Gandhi in 2009.\\\\\\\\\ Sonia is the widow of late Rajiv Gandhi, elder son of Indira Gandhi. There has been considerable media speculation for over a decade about their future role in the Congress. After a period of uncertainty, both Rahul and Priyanka became primary members of the Congress party. While Priyanka has so far restricted herself to organizing her mother's election campaigns and taking care of Sonia's constituency, Rahul Gandhi has gone on to take formal charge as General Secretary of the Congress Party. He is also currently head of the Youth Congress. International Recognition\\\\\\\\\ Gandhi was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in the year 2004[33] and was ranked 6th in 2007.[34] In 2010, Gandhi ranked as the ninth most powerful person on the planet by Forbes Magazine.[35] She was also named among the Time 100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007[36] and 2008.[37] The British magazine New Statesman listed Sonia Gandhi at number 29 in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures" in the year 2010.[38] See also\\\\\\\\\\\\ • Political Families of The World • List of Italians Notes\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 1. ^ "Life in pictures: Sonia Gandhi". British Broadcasting Company. May 18, 2004. Retrieved March 01, 2011. 2. ^ Sonia Gandhi - Britannica 3. ^ 4. ^ Divided we stand: India in a time of coalitions. Los Angeles : SAGE Publications, 2007.. 2007. pp. 148. ISBN 978-0761936633. 5. ^ 6. ^ Fourth time in a row, Sonia Gandhi is Congress chief 7. ^ a b Religioscope: India: politics of renunciation, traditional and modern - Analysis 8. ^ "BJP sees Gujarat ammo in Sonia origins". The Telegraph. 30 August 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 9. ^ "Uma Bharti does not want to be CM". 18 May 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 10. ^ "On being foreign and being nationalist". Chennai, India: Frontline Magazine. 22 May-4 June 1999. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 11. ^ In Maino land. Retrieved on 23 March 2007. 12. ^ Italy heralds 'first woman PM'. Retrieved on 18 July 2007. 13. ^ 14. ^ "The Sonia Shock". Time. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 15. ^ The name game of the rich and famous. Retrieved on 18 July 2007. 16. ^ BREAKING THE SILENCE Retrieved on 20 July 2007. 17. ^ Sonia Gandhi, pressured congress, to return as Congress Party's Leader 18. ^ Who is Quattrocchi? Retrieved on 23 March 2007. 19. ^ "Sonia's candidature challenged in Madras high court". 25 August 1999. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 20. ^ "BJP accuses Sonia of flouting law". The Indian Express. 12 May 1999. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 21. ^ "Elevenses". 13 May 1999. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 22. ^ "Citizen Sonia". Frontline Magazine. 5–18 June 1999. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 23. ^ "Citizenship: How to lose it?". Trentini Nel Mondo. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 24. ^ Sonia Gandhi, Indian National Congress Party Chairman 25. ^ "India's Congress Party rallies for Sonia Gandhi". CNN. 17 May 1999. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 26. ^ Pioneer News Servic. "Whose inner voice?". CMYK Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 27. ^ Venkatesan, V (June 1999). "Citizen Sonia". Frontline 16 (12). Retrieved 2007-07-20. 28. ^ BBC NEWS (2004-05-19). "Indian press lauds Gandhi decision". BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 29. ^ BBC NEWS (2006-03-23). "Profile: Sonia Gandhi". BBC. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 30. ^ Employment Bill not a populist measure: Sonia. Retrieved on 13 July 2007. 31. ^ After RTI success, it's right to work. Retrieved on 13 July 2007. 32. ^ "Sonia Gandhi raises disarmament issue at UN meet". The Times of India. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-02. \\\\\\\\\\\\ 33. ^ Sonia Gandhi 3rd most powerful woman. Retrieved on 23 March 2007. 34. ^ Sonia Gandhi in Forbes' list for 2007 Retrieved on 31 August 2007 35. ^ In Maino land. Retrieved on 23 March 2010. 36. ^ Sonia Gandhi among Time's 100 for 2007. Retrieved on 14 May 2007 37. ^ Sonia Gandhi among Time's 100 for 2008. Retrieved on 1 May 2008. 38. ^ "Sonia Gandhi - 50 People Who Matter 2010". New Statesman. Retrieved 4 October 2010. \\\\\\\\\• S. R. ET AL. BAKSHI (1998) Sonia Gandhi, The President of AICC South Asia Books. ISBN 81-7024-988-0 \\\\\\\\\\\ • Rupa Chaterjee (1999) Sonia Gandhi: The Lady in Shadow Butala. ISBN 81-87277-02-5 • C. Rupa, Rupa Chaterjee (2000) Sonia Mystique South Asia Books. ISBN 81-85870-24-1 • Moro, Javier "El sari rojo" (Ed. Seix Barral, 2008) "Il sari rosso" (Il Saggiatore, 2009) External links\\\\\\\\\\\\ Official websites \\\\\\\\ • Sonia Gandhi comprehensive website 000000000