Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. (Photo Credit: File)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi was on Sunday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi for check-up after she complained of stomachache, sources said. Gandhi will undergo some tests at the hospital where she was admitted earlier on Sunday, they said. She is reportedly suffering a stomachache, a source close to Gandhi said. The Congress chief did not attend the Union budget presentation in Parliament on Saturday.
Sonia Gandhi had been going for medical review periodically to the United States.
In 2018, Sonia Gandhi was rushed to New Delhi in a special aircraft after she complained of breathing problems in Shima. She was first taken to Chandigarh from Shimla, and from Chandigarh to New Delhi. Sonia's doctors at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, in Chandigarh, advised her to travel to Delhi for treatment.
In August last year, Sonia Gandhi, 72, was made interim president barely 20 months after she voluntarily relinquished the top post in favour of son Rahul Gandhi who refused to continue on as Congress chief after a humiliating 2019 general election defeat.
For the Congress Working Committee (CWC) the natural choice was Sonia Gandhi, who has been the party's saviour-in-chief in times of crisis and a binding force.
In her 19-year stint as Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi was hailed for deft handling of party intrigues and judgment that gave the party two consecutive wins at the Centre and several in states.
In her decision to accept the CWC's unanimous request to lead the 134-year-old party, Sonia Gandhi has displayed courage given her continuing frail health, sources said.
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Once considered an unlikely heir to the grand political legacy of the Gandhi family, Sonia went on to create history as the longest serving president from 1998 to 2017.
In her political innings defined by a successful coalition experiment in the form of UPA, Sonia Gandhi has always credited mother-in-law and former prime minister Indira Gandhi for her achievements.
Bringing disparate political groupings together on one platform in a pre-poll coalition to stump the BJP out of power in 2004, was one of her biggest successes.
(With PTI inputs)