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Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi (bio)

Sonia Gandhi-led Congress Party Upsets BJP in Indian National Election
Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, widow of assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, will likely
become Prime Minister. The Nehru-Gandhi family has led the Congress Party since before India's
1947 Independence.

Diary of the Election in Southern India
Why villagers voted against incumbent BJP's message of progress


Added May 18:

India's Stock Market Took Biggest Plunge in its 129-year History Yesterday
Investors were afraid of the role communists would play in new ruling coalition.

Sonia Gandhi Declines Prime Minister Post
Sonia Gandhi said she did not want to be PM and that she was not declining the post for safety reasons.

Gandhi's husband and mother-in-law were past prime ministers who were both assassinated.
Hindu nationalists have criticized Gandhi for being a foreigner and a Catholic.


Added May 19:

Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh (bio) becomes PM
after Sonia Gandhi declines

Manmohan Singh Chosen as India's Next Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh served as finance minister from 1991 to 1996.