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Sonia Gandhi 'wealth' fiasco forces US's Huffington Post to delete name

Dec 04 2013, 13:23 IST
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Sonia Gandhi has been removed from this list: Huffington Post (PTI) Sonia Gandhi has been removed from this list: Huffington Post (PTI)
SummaryHuffington Post said Sonia Gandhi's assets added up to $2 bn and listed her as 12th richest world leader.

A popular US news website, the Huffington Post, has regretted the "confusion" caused by the inclusion of the name of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in which it listed the Congress president's wealth in a rich leaders global list.

Sonia Gandhi's name was deleted from the list of the wealthiest people in the world after it caused much hue and cry, with the Congress Party in India leading the outcry, saying the assets had no bearing on reality.

The removal of the name occurred shortly after the Congress derided the website for the "absurd and ridiculous" item.

"Our editors have been unable to verify the amount, removed the link, and regret any confusion," the Huffington Post said, four days after it listed Sonia Gandhi as the 12th richest world leader putting her asset to USD 2 billion.

"Sonia Gandhi and the former emir of Qatar Hamid bin Khalifa al-Thani have been removed from this list," the editor of Huffington Post wrote on its website last evening after the list of the world's richest leader was updated with as much detail about property and other assets as it could muster.

"Sonia Gandhi was originally included based on a listing on a third party site which was subsequently called into question," said the editor without giving name of the third-party site.

The Congress Party had questioned the authenticity of the such a figure by Huffington Post.

"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," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari yesterday said in New Delhi after the list was released.

While putting Gandhi's wealth at USD 2 billion, Huffington Post had not given details of how it arrived at such a figure.

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