New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Monday due to food poisoning. According to the doctors, her condition has significantly improved since yesterday evening. She is expected to be discharged tomorrow, reports a news agency.
The statement issued by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says Sonia was admitted on May 7 due to food poisoning. “She is well now and will be discharged soon,” the statement further reads. Hospital chairman, Dr DS Rana, has confirmed that “Mrs Gandhi is recovering well and would be discharged at the earliest”.
Congress has not issued an official statement regarding the health of Sonia.
The aging party chief was last hospitalised in August 2016, when she was rushed back to Delhi from her election rally in Varanasi. Sonia was then treated at AIIMS for fever, dehydration and shoulder injury.
Sonia, 69, has been suffering from a range of health issued over past few years. Between 2012 to 2014, she was flown on numerous occasions to the United States, where she underwent successive treatments. The exact ailment she suffered was not revealed publicly.
Sonia, who took over as the Congress president in 1998, has reduced her participation in party activities over the past couple of years. After the rout in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Sonia has missed several key meetings of Congress, with son Rahul acting as the de facto leader. Demands have been raised from multiple quarters of the party to elevate Rahul as the Congress president in the upcoming Congress Working Committee meet planned in November.
On being confronted with the question in the past month whether Rahul would be taking over any time soon, Sonia had said, “He would be elevated a suitable time.” According to senior party leader Capt Amarinder Singh, the time has come for Rahul to be elevated as the party president. “I think Rahul is in a position to take over… As party vice president, I have been dealing with him for 2-3 years, I find that he is certainly up to it,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency on Monday.