Sonia Gandhi is the leader of the ruling Indian National Congress party and a Member of Parliament from Rae Bareilly, the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Sonia Gandhi is possibly the most powerful individual in India, holding unquestioned leadership of the most prominent political party and proven outreach to the poor masses. She also has the support of the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh-a man largely perceived to be qualified and ethical.

Sonia Gandhi's emergence as a public figure is intertwined with the family that she became related to after her marriage to Rajiv Gandhi. Her husband Rajiv belonged to India's most prominent political family, which includes Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, and his daughter Indira Gandhi, a four-time prime minister of India.

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