Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s mother, Paola Maino, died on August 27 and her funeral was held on Tuesday. Sonia Gandhi had left last week to meet her mother. This was part of her trip abroad for medical check-ups, where her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra went with her.
The Congress president had left on August 23 to visit her ailing mother, who was in her 90s.
Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary of communications, has tweeted the news of the death of Sonia Gandhi’s mother.
Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s mother, Mrs. Paola Maino passed away at her home in Italy on Saturday the 27th August, 2022. The funeral took place yesterday.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 31, 2022
Rahul and Priyanka have visited their grandmother a number of times over the past few years. In 2020, when Rahul Gandhi faced some criticism over his frequent trips abroad, the party had said he was on a personal visit to Italy to meet “an ailing relative”.
Meanwhile, condolences poured in from across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer his condolences and wrote, “Condolences to Sonia Gandhi Ji on the passing away of her mother, Mrs. Paola Maino. May her soul rest in peace. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the entire family.”