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Sonia Gandhi to 'Skip' Counting Day, Flies Abroad for Check-up

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not be in India on the counting day on Saturday as she will be travelling abroad for medical treatment.

Pallavi Ghosh | CNN-News18pallavighcnnibn

Updated:March 9, 2017, 8:58 PM IST
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Sonia Gandhi to 'Skip' Counting Day, Flies Abroad for Check-up
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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not be in India on the counting day on Saturday as she will be travelling abroad for medical treatment.

The counting of votes will be held on March 11.

It is to be noted that she did not campaign in the assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.

Party sources said she left for abroad last night for a "routine medical check-up" and will return only after Holi on Monday.

Though they did not let in on where Gandhi has gone for the check-up, there was speculation that she was in the US where she had undergone treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Gandhi, who has not been keeping well for quite some time, held a closed-door meeting with senior party leaders and her deputy Rahul Gandhi before her departure. Rahul, Congress vice president, will discharge the functions of the party president in her absence.

Rahul, tipped to succeed her over time, spearheaded Congress's election campaign in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

She has been out of action most of the time after having taken ill during a roadshow in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, on August 2.

She was flown to the national capital and admitted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital before being shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Gandhi was again admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in November for viral fever and discharged after a few days.

(With PTI inputs)

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