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Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, third from left, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, third from right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, are presented with a huge floral garland at an All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet in New Delhi, India.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi during AICC meeting in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi during the AICC meeting in New Delhi on Friday.

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Meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh at the Army Day reception, in New Delhi.

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The Chairperson, National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi addressing at the inauguration of the Samarth - 2014 Celebrating Diversity, in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi comes out to hand over a 'chadar' for famous Dargah Kaliyar Sharif situated at Kaliyar village of Haridwar, at her residence in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi holding a 'chadar' before sending it for famous Dargah Kaliyar Sharif situated at Kaliyar village of Haridwar, at her residence in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch at the closing ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi lighting the lamp at the closing ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi.

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Shankar Rao, a Congress legislator from Andhra Pradesh and his daughter with a clay model of the bronze statue of Sonia as 'Telangana Talli' (Mother Telangana) which he intends to install as a mark of gratitude for being the mover behind UPA government's decision to create a Telangana state.

Shankar Rao, a Congress legislator from Andhra Pradesh and his daughter with a clay model of the bronze statue of Sonia as 'Telangana Talli' (Mother Telangana) which he intends to install as a mark of gratitude for being the mover behind UPA government's decision to create a Telangana state.

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Shankar Rao, a Congress legislator from Andhra Pradesh, has decided to install a nine feet statue of Sonia Gandhi as 'Telangana Talli' (Telangana mother) as a mark of gratitude for being the mover behind UPA government's decision to create a Telangana state. The statue is slated to be installed at what Dr Rao intends to call the 'Sonia Gandhi Shanti Vanam', near the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, before their meeting at her residence in New Delhi.

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Bird’s eye view The Congress devastated in the assembly elections, party chief Sonia Gandhi seems to be searching for words of inspiration, for herself and her flock. “It does call for deep introspection. We have to understand...the many reasons for this defeat.” Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief, after the assembly elections rout

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a meeting with party workers who came to greet her on the passage of Lokpal Bill by Parliament, at Rahul Gandhi's residence in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with the new DPCC President Arvinder Singh Lovely meeting party workers who came to greet him on the passage of Lokpal Bill by Parliament, at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday. Party President Sonia Gandhi is also seen.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi meeting with party workers who came to greet her on the passage of Lokpal Bill by Parliament, at Rahul Gandhi's residence in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi is greeted by the party workers on the passage of Lokpal Bill by Parliament, at Rahul Gandhi's residence in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Ganadhi paying tribute to the martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack on its 12th anniversary, at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Falling in line The Rahul ’model’ has failed in four states

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi during a meeting with a delegation of women's wing of Mumbai Congress who came at her residence to thank her for Food Security Bill, in New Delhi.

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shakes hands with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee as Sonia Gandhi looks on during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg.

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Sonia Gandhi is greeted as she arrives for the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg.

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Congress party president Sonia Gandhi reacts after addressing the media in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at AICC in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi exchange greetings before a CWC meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other leaders at a CWC meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.

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File photo of former South African President Nelson Mandela with Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Mandela, 95, died in Johannesburg.

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From left, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with BJP Senior leaders Sushma Swardj and L.K. Advani at Bodhisatva Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 58th Mahaparinirvan Diwas, in New Delhi.

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Old wave Sonia, Rahul Gandhi at a Congress meeting in New Delhi

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stand in a queue to cast their votes in the Delhi Assembly election, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a polling booth to cast their votes in the Delhi Assembly election.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi unveils a plaque at the inauguration of FM Service of All India Radio in Rae Bareli.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi during an election campaign rally in Sikar, Rajasthan.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses an election rally in New Delhi.

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Congress Presindent Sonia Gandhi meeting the crowd during an election rally in Kota.

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Congress Presindent Sonia Gandhi with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during an election rally in Kota.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi greets crowd during an election rally in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launching the first all-woman Bharatiya Mahila Bank in Mumbai. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan looks on.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi interacts with Parvathy Baul an artist from West Bengal after paying tributes to the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 96th birth anniversary at her memorial Shakti Sthal in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi release balloons at Shakti Sthal during celebration of 96th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi paying tributes to the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 96th birth anniversary at her memorial Shakti Sthal in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and senior leader Mohsina Kidwai after paying tributes to the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture on "From Prison to Teen Murti : the making of a Prime Minister, by Prof. Judith M. Brown" in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves during an election campaign rally at Rewa Madhya Pradesh.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar after paying homage to Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru on his 124th birth anniversary at Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi paying homage to Pt Jawaharlal Nehru on his 124th birth anniversary at Shanti Van in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves at crowd at a public rally in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a public rally in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi paying floral tributes at the memorial of former Prime Minister, the late Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, in New Delhi.

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From second right, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Samadhi of former Prime Minister, Late Indira Gandhi, on her 29th death anniversary, at Shakti Sthal, in New Delhi.

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From left, President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Samadhi of former Prime Minister, Late Indira Gandhi, on her 29th death anniversary, at Shakti Sthal, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi paying floral tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal on her 29th death anniversary in New Delhi.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Gwalior. Hardselling UPA's 'game changer' Food Security Act, Rahul Gandhi today sought to strike an emotional chord with 'aam aadmi' and tribals, recalling how Sonia Gandhi was in tears at not being able to cast her vote when the measure was passed in Lok Sabha.

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Uttar Pradesh Congress today suspended two office bearers for putting up hoardings stating party president Sonia Gandhi. The hoardings said: "Maiya ab rahti biimaar, bhaiyaa par badh gayaa bhaar, PriyankaPhoolpur se bano umiidwaar, party kaa karo prachaar, Congress ki sarkaar banaao tiisri baar " ("Mother now remains unwell; brother is weighed down; Priyanka, contest from Phulpur, campaign for the party, and make a Congress government for the third time")

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, second left, watches as Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, third left, performs a ritual before people dressed as Hindu deities Ram, Lakshman and Hanuman during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi. Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Hindu god Rama over Ravana. The burning of effigies of Ravana, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a close.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi performs 'Aarti' of artists, enacting Lord Ram and Laxman during Dussehra celebrations at Subhash Maidan in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh try their hands on Bow and Arrow during Dussehra celebrations at Ram Lila Grounds in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with her daughter Priyanka Vadra at a meeting of District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee in Raebareli.

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Rahul and Sonia at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Aug 2013, Delhi

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a function to pay to tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of their birth anniversaries at Parliament in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, second left, sit at Rajghat after offering their tributes on the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi.

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Congress party president, Sonia Gandhi, second left, offers prayers at Rajghat as opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani, right, arrives on occasion of Mahatma's birth anniversary in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi paying homage on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi is presented with a memento during a 'thanks giving' rally in Mandya, Karnataka, after the party's win in the recent Lok Sabha bypolls.

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Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi waves to supporters as she leaves after laying the foundation stone of a railway coach factory at Bhilwara in Rajasthan.

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The blessed one Nilekani with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi interacts with families of riot victims at Bassi Kalan relief camp in Muzaffarnagar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi interact with riot victims at Tawli Madrasa relief camp of riot-torn Muzaffarnagar.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi interacts with families of riot victims at Bassi Kalan relief camp in Muzaffarnagar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interact with locals at Barwala in Muzaffarnagar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi interact with families of riot victims at Bassi Kalan relief camp in Muzaffarnagar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the recipient of 'Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development' at the award function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a function to present Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his wife at a meeting in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Robert Vadra leaves AIIMS hospital after meeting his mother-in-law and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday night.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja leaves Parliament House during the discussion on National Food Security Bill 2013 in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the inauguration of the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

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On The Telangana Express Senior YSR Congress leader Mysoora Reddy has a theory about why UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi took the decision to grant Telangana. “It’s because she knows that Rahul Gandhi can’t win from Amethi next time. She wants her son to contest from Medak LS seat,” says Mysoora. In 1980, Indira Gandhi won from this seat on an INC party ticket. Mys­oora alleges that Sonia’s plans to bifurcate And­hra Pradesh rests wholly on this plan; to get Rahul elected from Medak. Incidentally, the parliamentary seat of Medak falls in Telangana and is currently represented by TRS MP and former dashing actress Vijaya­shanti who recently defe­cted to the Congress and even had a one-to-one with Mrs G. So the heir apparent could get the berth though Vija­y­a­­shanti is, in the context of the region, an eye-catching MP. The prospect of Rahul in Medak is compelling altho­ugh it may be as real as fair­y­tales about frogs and princes.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and other leaders after paying tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 69th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi gestures as she presents National Food Security Card to an old woman during the launch of Food Security Programme at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit is also seen.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, attend a prayer meeting in memory of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary at his memorial in New Delhi.

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Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, pays tributes to her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary at his memorial in New Delhi. On the right is Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Senior BJP leader LK Advani during At Home organized on the occasion of 67th Independence Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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BJP workers protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Siliguri over the killing of five Indian soldiers at LOC in Poonch district.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala during a meeting at her residence in New Delhi.

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State talk The CWC meeting on Telangana at Sonia Gandhi’s residence, 10 Janpath, on July 30

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Women activists, with an effigy of AICC President Sonia Gandhi, protest against creation of Telangana, in Chittoor.

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Sonia Gandhi waits for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the Congress Working Committee meeting over the creation of Telangana in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi to discuss the Telangana issue.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi leaves after attending the cremation of former Union minister Arun Nehru at the Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi.

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India Gate hawkers stage a protest outside the Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi. Vendors demanded that the ban on the entry of visitors and vendors at the India Gate be lifted immediately.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the meeting of Party Chief Ministers and state unit chiefs on Food Security roll out, at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.

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National Security Guard officials explaining about the bomb which were used in the Mahabodhi temple to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at Bodhgaya.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrives at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and senior Congress leader Ambika Soni talking to media after visiting the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

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