'Huffington Post' edits report, Sonia Gandhi removed from the richest politicians list
Huffington Post, an American online publication, has edited a report, which listed Congress President, Sonia Gandhi as the 12th richest political leader in the world with USD 2 billion wealth. The report also placed Sonia Gandhi above Elizabeth II (the queen of England) and Bashar Al-Assad (President of Syria) in the list. Vladimir Putin, (the President of Russia) tops the list with riches worth USD 40 million.
Now, the Huffington Post news-portal has edited this report and also stated that Sonia Gandhi's name has been removed from the list of richest political leaders in the world, with a footnote at the bottom of the article. The footnote reads as, 'Sonia Gandhi and the former emir of Qatar Hamid bin Khalifa al-Thani have been removed from this list.
Sonia 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.'
In 2009 during the time of nominations for Lok Sabha elections, Sonia Gandhi cleared that, she does not own any kind of property in India, but she has an ancestral home in Italy worth Rs 18.02 lakhs. Her assets according to the affidavit, were 1.38 crores.
However, the congress rejected the Huffington Post report, and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari even said, ''If Huffington Post would stick to huffing puffing then I think they would do a much better job for themselves. Because if you do put out these absurd and ridiculous things out in print, then you only open yourself to be made a laughing stock. I would not even like to dignify with a response,'' reported Zee News.