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Sonia taken ill during Food Bill debate; taken to AIIMS, discharged

Aug 27, 2013 08:21 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi was discharged from hospital late on Monday night. She was taken to the hospital after she fell ill during the debate on the Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday evening.

The Congress President had taken medicines to treat a cold but then complained of chest uneasiness. She left Parliament without waiting for voting on the Food Security Bill and was rushed to AIIMS.

Sonia Gandhi was taken to the Intensive Care Unit but later moved out and kept under observation. Doctors say the Congress President is suffering from viral fever but is stable.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Madam, it looks, 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."

Several leaders of the Congress made a beeline to AIIMS to inquire about Sonia's condition. Sonia was stated to be suffering from viral fever since Sunday and was suddenly taken ill after spearheading UPA's ambitious Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

She was seen leaving Parliament at 8.15 PM and holding the hand of Union minister Selja before boarding a vehicle. Her son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also accompanied her. Security was beefed in and around AIIMS.

In a tweet, Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj wished Sonia a speedy recovery.

Doctors earlier examined Sonia at her home on Sunday and Monday, sources said. Earlier on Monday, Sonia led the party in the debate on the landmark Food Bill describing it as a measure to wipe out hunger from the country.

(With additional information from PTI)