New Delhi, Aug. 26: Congress president Sonia Gandhi was tonight admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after she complained of unease and shivering.
The unexpected development around 8.20pm robbed Sonia of the chance to participate in the final vote on the food security bill in the Lok Sabha and injected an ironical element as she was the driving force behind the welfare measure.
Sources in the Congress said her condition was stable and the indisposition was probably related to a medicine reaction.
The official spokespersons at AIIMS were not available for comment. But three senior AIIMS doctors said it was their impression that Sonia was in the cardiothoracic sciences centre where she was “under observation and likely to be undergoing tests”.
Sonia, 66, is likely to be under the supervision of Prof. Balram Airan, the head of the cardiothoracic sciences at AIIMS, according to the doctors, none of whom is among those looking after her.
Congress sources said Sonia was suffering from fever since last night. After seeing a doctor, she attended Parliament today only because of the food security bill, the sources said. Her hands were shaking when she spoke on the bill and shivering set in later in the day when voting began on amendments to the bill.
Sonia voted on the first amendment but left around 8.20pm when the other amendments were being considered.
Social justice minister Kumari Selja was seen clutching the hand of Sonia while they stepped out of Parliament. Sonia appeared to have had some difficulty in walking. Rahul Gandhi, too, accompanied Sonia in the car.
They took Gate No. 4, the shortest route out of the building. Some sources said she was initially taken to the ICU as she has been an asthma patient and recently been treated abroad for an undisclosed medical condition.