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Crorepati Sonia has no car, house

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has assets worth around Rs 1.38 crore but has no car or house in her name in the country.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 00:13 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times

Sonia Gandhi is a crorepati — but just about.

In her mandatory declaration of assets while filing her nomination for the Rae Bareli seat on Monday, she revealed she was worth Rs 1.37 crore.

When she stood for election five years ago, Sonia’s assets had amounted to around Rs 80 lakh. Two years later in
2006 — when she resigned

and contested a bypoll — the figure almost remained unchanged.

Her list of assets does not include any property or vehicle in India. But she does, according to her declaration, own an apartment in Italy, valued at a modest Rs 18.05 lakh. She has also invested in mutual funds, national savings certificates and the public provident fund. Her cash savings have risen too in the last three years, from Rs 25,000 in 2006 to Rs 75,000 now.

Sonia’s jewellery collection has been valued at Rs 11.08 lakh, her silverware at Rs 18.37 lakh.

Sonia arrived in Rae Bareli in the morning to rousing receptions, both at the guest house into which she was booked and the local Congress office. Before setting out to file her nomination, she sat down for a puja in the office premises. Old timers recalled that her mother in law and husband too used to perform exactly the same puja each time before filing their nominations.

Rose petals were showered continually on Sonia — and the huge procession that accompanied her — along the way to the local collectorate where she filed her nomination. Security along the route and at the collectorate remained extremely tight — all shops were closed, the collectorate completely cordoned off with barricades.

Clad in a cream coloured sari with black prints and a maroon border, Sonia entered the collectorate at around 12.30 pm, accompanied by son Rahul and faithful aide Satish Sharma, to file four sets of nomination papers. Emerging half-an-hour later, she left quickly for a meeting with the chairman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, who lives at Takia, three km away.

First Published: Apr 06, 2009 15:18 IST