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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Sonia discharged from AIIMS, party says 'she's fine'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 22:11 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:20 IST(27/8/2013)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had to be rushed to AIIMS on Monday night for a medical check-up after she felt uneasy in the Lok Sabha during the voting on the much-touted food security bill, was discharged from the super specialty hospital on early Tuesday.

She spent about five hours in AIIMS and was discharged at around 1.30 am. "The Congress president has come back. She is all right and her medical check-up has been completed," senior Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

67-year-old Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel also told Hindustan Times that "she is better/stable now".

Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was present in the hospital, later said: "It looks like madam had medicines for common cold and headache, as a result of which she had some uneasiness and she had to be brought to AIIMS and now all test have been conducted and she is perfectly fine and has gone home."

AIIMS hospital sources said Sonia complained of exhaustion and mild chest pain and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as a precautionary measure before she was shifted to the Cardio-Neuro Centre.

The sources said Sonia underwent some tests including an ECG and is under observation at AIIMS where top doctors of the institute including its director RC Deka are attending on her. Balram Airon, Head of Cardio-Thoracic surgery department, is monitoring Sonia's health condition.

Congress sources had earlier said that Gandhi was running fever since Saturday evening but she decided to speak on her pet project in the House on Monday afternoon. The Congress chief also heard the debate and left for home only when the voting on the amendments had started.

Gandhi was seen leaving Parliament at 8.15 pm helped by union minister Kumari Selja. Her son and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also accompanied her.

Gandhi had attended the inauguration of the National Media Centre in the capital on Saturday morning and had interacted with journalists.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi led the party in the debate on the landmark bill describing it as a measure to wipe out hunger from the country.

Declaring Congress' goal to "wipeout hunger and malnutrition", she asked all political parties to set aside differences and support the bill so that a "big message" could be sent out about India's capabilities.

Opening the Congress innings on the debate in Lok Sabha on food bill, she rejected questions over whether the country had resources to implement the landmark measure.

"It is time to send out a big message that India can take responsibility of ensuring food security for all Indians, our goal is to wipe out hunger and malnutrition all over the country," Gandhi said about her pet agenda.

Ironically, Sonia could not be present in the Lower House when the landmark bill was passed.

In a tweet, Gujarat chief minister and BJP election campaign committee head Narendra Modi wished her a speedy recovery.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also wished her a speedy recovery.

(With PTI inputs)


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