UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was greeted by leaders from across the political spectrum on her birthday, a day before the critical meeting of opposition parties in Delhi. Mrs. Gandhi turns 72 today.
Among the opposition leaders were DMK president MK Stalin, M Kanimozhi and A Raja who called on Mrs. Gandhi. Her son Rahul said in a picture of Mr. Stalin greeting her with a bouquet of peach roses.
The DMK also invited Mrs. Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the inauguration of M Karunanidhi’s statue in Chennai on December 16.
Like each year, Congress workers celebrated outside 10 Janpath, her home in central Delhi. Top Congress leaders wished her on Twitter.
Other opposition leaders who wished her to include West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished her on Twitter. “Best wishes to Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji on her birthday. I pray for her long and healthy life,” PM Modi written.
A meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the BJP for the 2019 national elections is fixed for Monday. The meeting also comes just ahead of parliament’s winter session, seen as the opposition’s last chance to take on the government in the house. The opposition is likely to raise various issues such as the Rafale deal, distress in the farm sector, and working of the CBI.
Mrs. Gandhi, who has been facing health issues, did not campaign actively for the currently-concluded elections. She attended only one public meeting in Telangana last month.
Sonia Gandhi was born in 1946 in Lusiana, Italy. She has been the longest-serving president of the Congress and headed the party for 19 years before Rahul Gandhi succeeded her last year.
She was married to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991.