Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was taken ill during a roadshow in Varanasi and forced to return to the national capital, was today “stable” and has been shifted to Ganga Ram Hospital in west Delhi. Gandhi was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here late last night due to high fever.
The 69-year-old Congress chief returned here by a chartered flight close to midnight after she had to abandon the 8-km roadshow in Varanasi midway due to illness.
Gandhi has been shifted to Gangaram Hospital as she had earlier also undergone treatment there, sources said. Earlier in the day, AICC media cell in-charge Randeep Surjewala had said that she is stable and is recovering under medical supervision.
“Yesterday itself, she had said that she would return to Varanasi to meet the people and to have ‘darshan of the historical temple of Kashi Vishwanath Ji’. On return, she was admitted to hospital in Delhi, is stable and is recovering under medical supervision”, he had said in a statement.
The Congress President is overwhelmed by the concern and affection of fellow countrymen and crores of Congressmen and has thanked everyone for their good wishes, he had said. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, were by her side. Her son-in-law Robert Vadra also visited her.
Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had yesterday said that her condition was “stable” after she suffered a bout of “dehydration, vomited and had fever” in Varanasi.
PM Narendra Modi also offered to send a doctor and an aircraft to bring the Congress president back to Delhi, sources said. Congress sources said Sonia was running fever but decided to go ahead with the roadshow in Varanasi, where her condition worsened, as she was not inclined to cancel it at the last moment.
In a statement, Sonia Gandhi regretted that she could not complete her visit to Varanasi due to illness but said she would come back soon for “darshan” of Kashi Vishwanath in the temple town.
“Due to illness, I could not complete my visit for which I regret. I could not seek the blessings of Kashi Vishwanth in the holy month of Savan. I will come back soon. I am thankful to all citizens of Varanasi and Congress workers for the love and affection,” she said.