A woman triggered a political controversy at the Centre on Monday by claiming to be the alleged biological daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi and the ‘secret granddaughter’ of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The woman, Priya Singh Paul (48), while addressing media, claimed that she was adopted at the age of 6, in 1974, and that the reason termed for her adoption was that as her biological father was a noted figure in politics, the child’s existence had to be kept secret for a few years.
Ms Paul said that she was informed by Vimla Gujral, sister of former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, in 2010 that Sanjay Gandhi was her biological father. She further said that she started searching for her roots following the death of her adoptive mother. She claims to have filed a petition in court earlier this year to establish her lineage and access papers of her adoption.
Neither the Congress party nor the Gandhi family has yet responded to Ms Paul’s claims. Sanjay Gandhi was the younger son of Indira Gandhi, and he was legally married to Union minister Maneka Gandhi.