Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered help to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had to cut short her Varanasi visit after falling ill, by sending a doctor for her health check-up and a plane for her transportation back to the national capital.
Sources said that the Prime Minister Modi also spoke to Congress' chief ministerial candidate for 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Sheila Dikshit, and enquired about Gandhi's health. Earlier, the Congress president, who had to leave the party's roadshow in Varanasi midway after she developed a high fever, said she was sad to have cut short her visit to the temple town.
In a statement, Gandhi said, I am saddened that due to my ill health, I had to cut my visit to Varanasi short. I could not visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple either.
"I will come back very soon, and then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple," she added.
Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said her condition was "stable" after she suffered a bout of "dehydration, vomited and had fever" in Varanasi. She received medical attention in Varanasi and doctors who attended to her in the holy city accompanied 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.
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.
The Congress president was leading a massive roadshow in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency for the party's campaign for the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. She, however, had to cut short the roadshow towards the fag end of the march route in the evening after she fell ill.The doctors advised her to cut short her visit after which she left for the national capital. Later on, she was treated at the Varanasi Airport's VIP Lounge. As per sources, she would return to Delhi by tonight.