The Huffington Post published a report ‘listing the wealthy people of the world.
I am informed that the above photo of Sonia Gandhi is not that of hers but of Reese Witherspoon.
The site on this.
I did the same when I found this image above circulated on FB and on many internet news sites. Sad part is many people like it, believed it and commented so bad / good about the persons mentioned there. I have made a comment with links to the original image of Reese and got a few people realizing the fact.
I have no intention to support the congress person neither oppose. My point is there are 3rd persons who use hoaxes to fool the people. This is to just expose them and the truth.”
Within hours of this news story, Huffington Post removed Sonia Gandhi’s name from the list, obviously under pressure.
To make it look natural, they have also removed the name of Hamid bin Khalifs as Thani.
Reason is not far to seek with the election fever running high in India.
No body can mention SG and get away with it.
“Editor’s Note: Sonia Gandhi and the former emir of Qatar Hamid bin Khalifa al-Thani have been removed from this list. Gandhi was originally included based on a listing on a third party site which was subsequently called into question. Our editors have been unable to verify the amount, removed the link, and regret any confusion. Qatar’s emir was succeeded by his son Tamim in 2013. “
Sonia’s Affidavit on her wealth.
Sonia Gandhi’s assets, according to the affidavit, totalled Rs1.38 crore, nearly Rs1 crore less than what her son Rahul Gandhi reportedly has.
Gandhi’s affidavit said that she had Rs75,000 in cash and Rs 28.61 lakh in bank deposits.
In addition she had mutual funds worth about Rs 20 lakh and Rs12 lakh in Reserve Bank of India bonds.
A sum of Rs.199,000 was deposited in post offices and Rs 24.88 lakh with the Public Provident Fund.
Sonia Gandhi’s jewellery, weighing about 2.5 kg, was valued at Rs11 lakh while 88 kg of silver possessed by her was stated to be worth about Rs18 lakh.
She owns two plots of agricultural land totalling up to about 15 bighas and valued at Rs219,000. Their location is not mentioned in the affidavit.
Sonia Gandhi paid Rs558,000 in income tax for the assessment year 2008-09 and Rs32,512 in wealth tax.
But this report in one of the top websites in the world claims, the INC president has $2 billion wealth which is roughly Rs90,000 crores.
However, the report does not clearly state how it has arrived at the comparisons and monetary values of the leaders.
The Middle East according to the report is the richest region as 7 in the list of 20 come from there.
According to http://www.worlds-luxury-guide.com/business/worlds-richest-politicians, Sonia Gandhi is the Fourth richest Politician.
She has not been able to have name removed from this list.List: World’s Richest Politicians
Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz
President, Indian National Congress (political party)
See the original Affidavit below.
Check the site opensecrets.org.
Now there is a counter attack from the Media supporting Sonia Gandhi.
“However, the numbers clearly look dodgy.
Since Business Insider is a highly frequented site and not a fly-by-night operator, Sonia Gandhi may need to take cognisance of this and either sue the publication or take other action to clear her name.
And there are more sites which question the Riches story of Sonia Gandhi as found in the HuffingtonPost , world luxury.
Let me add to this with the information that the said amount seems to tally with what has paid by KGB to Sonia Gandhi, through Rahul gandhi’s account in Swiss Bank.
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