Gandhi had to cut short her Varanasi visit after she was taken ill. She was rushed back to Delhi in a chartered flight late on Monday night and admitted to Army’s Research and Referral Hospital.
Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said her condition was “stable” after she suffered a bout of “dehydration, vomited and had fever” in Varanasi.
Gandhi took out a massive roadshow in the holy city of Varanasi which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. The rally was said to launch the party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh which goes to polls early next year.
After taking ill, Gandhi immediately received medical attention in Varanasi and some doctors accompanied even her on the flight back to Delhi.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was at the airport to receive her mother, said she was unwell for the last couple of days but decided against cancelling the programme.
“She was unwell for the couple of days before but since the programme was there, she was very keen to go,” Priyanka said.
Reports said Sonia was running fever but decided to go ahead with the roadshow in Varanasi as she was not inclined to cancel it at the last moment. Unfortunately, her condition worsened during the visit.
In a statement, the Congress chief 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.
After landing, Sonia was taken to the RR Hospital, which is close to the airport. Doctors at the Gangaram Hospital were also kept on standby.
“She (Sonia Gandhi) who fell ill during her Varanasi visit, returned to Delhi in a chartered flight and was taken to hospital for check-up. She is stable and fine but under the observation of doctors. She will return home late in the night”, Congressman Randeep Surjewala told PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Congress’s chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh Sheila Dikshit, who accompanied Gandhi on the road show and inquired about her health.
Modi also offered to send a doctor and an aircraft to bring the Congress president back to Delhi, sources said.
(With inputs from PTI)