Sonia, who was the Congress president for the longest time within the historical past of the 136-year-old political get together, didn’t marketing campaign in Himachal Pradesh both. Voting befell within the hilly state on November 12.
Her identify discovered point out on the second spot within the record of the Congress’s star campaigners for each Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat – the primary being that of get together president Mallikarjun Kharge who succeeded her to the submit on October 26.
When she was the Congress president, her identify was on the highest of the star campaigners for all of the elections held earlier. Nevertheless, she has not addressed an election rally within the final five-six years.
A senior Congress functionary advised TOI on the situation of anonymity that Sonia has stopped addressing public conferences, significantly the election rallies.
She didn’t tackle any election rally within the 2019 Lok Sabha election both. On April 11, 2019, she solely addressed the media individuals after submitting nomination papers from her constituency in Raebareli.
Requested the explanation behind the get together together with her identify within the record of star campaigners, the Congress chief stated, “Her identify is added each time due to a protocol. And the get together leaves the selection to her to deal with the election rallies or not.”
In truth, the final public rally which she addressed was virtually three years in the past on December 14, 2019, at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. It was the ‘Bharat Bachao (Save India) Rally’ organised by her get together.
Earlier, Sonia addressed as many as three rallies in Could 2016.
On Could 21, 2016, she addressed the ‘Hum Mein Hain Rajiv (Gandhi)’ rally in Delhi on the twenty fifth dying anniversary of her husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
On Could 10, 2016, Sonia addressed a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, hitting out at those that referred to as her a “foreigner”. She stated, “Sure, I used to be born in Italy. I got here to India in 1968 because the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I’ve spent 48 years of my life in India. That is my dwelling. That is my nation. For all of my 48 years right here, the RSS, BJP and different events taunted me to disgrace me for my beginning.”
This assertion was partly a response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, in an election rally, had made some remarks towards the then Congress president.
Sonia had stated, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you’ll be able to proceed attacking my integrity however you can not problem my dedication and like to the nation. I can’t anticipate Prime Minister Narendra Modi to know my emotions, however I’m certain the folks of the nation can … It’s right here on this nation in India that the blood of my family members is mingled. My beloved’s blood was shed right here. It’s right here that I’ll breathe my final. It’s right here my ashes will mingle with these of my family members.”
On Could 6, 2016, Sonia addressed the Loktantra Bachao (Save Democracy) Rally in Delhi together with former PM Manmohan Singh earlier than courting arrest.
Well being points?
Sonia, who will flip 76 on December 9, has not been preserving effectively. The primary time when she confronted a well being problem throughout a political occasion was on August 2, 2016, after touchdown at Varanasi airport to launch the Congress’s marketing campaign for the 2017 UP meeting election.
She was supposed to go to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and ship a public speech. Nevertheless, she fell ailing quickly after reaching Varanasi and needed to be airlifted and admitted to a hospital in Delhi the identical day.
Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi greeted by the folks of Varanasi outdoors the airport.#SoniaInKashi https://t.co/bfDpbzZHXv
— Congress (@INCIndia) 1470118989000
Some Congress leaders attribute Sonia’s lacking in motion from public rallies to her well being points. Nevertheless, that is dominated out as a result of she has been energetic elsewhere. For example, she commonly takes half within the Parliament classes.
As an MP from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, she raises issues of pressing consideration within the Lok Sabha. She additionally addresses her get together MPs as CPP chairperson throughout Parliament classes.
Sonia additionally travels outdoors Delhi for private and party-related works. She addressed her get together leaders twice at ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur on Could 13 and Could 15.
She travelled to Italy earlier this yr to satisfy her mom who later handed away.
Her most up-to-date tackle was on November 19 on the Indira Gandhi Award Ceremony at Jawahar Bhawan in Delhi as chairperson of Indira Gandhi Memorial Belief.
Sonia was additionally questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a number of hours over three days in July in a cash laundering case associated to the Nationwide Herald newspaper.
Retiring from energetic politics?
A senior Congress chief stated Sonia is slowly withdrawing herself from energetic politics. This can be a acutely aware determination to advertise her kids Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
On December 15, 2017, a day earlier than Rahul Gandhi succeeded her because the Congress president, Sonia had indicated that she was on the verge of retiring from politics. Requested about her future position, she had stated, “My position is now to retire.”
It led to confusion. Congress MP Randeep Surjewala posted a tweet to make clear that Sonia had retired because the president of the Congress and never from politics.
Would sincerely request pals within the media to not depend on innuendos.Smt. Sonia Gandhi has retired as Presiden… https://t.co/4wNLI4AUsH
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) 1513322745000
Sonia’s gradual withdrawal from energetic politics is clear now. She has stopped addressing election rallies. She has restricted herself to restricted political occasions.
Rahul campaigned in Gujarat for a day after taking a break from his Kanyakumari to Kashmir ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra‘ underway since September 7. He addressed two rallies in Surat and Rajkot on November 21. He didn’t go to Himachal Pradesh even as soon as although his sister and Congress normal secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed election rallies on three days in October and November.