New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Sunday sent a bouquet to Congress President
Sonia Gandhi`s residence here wishing her a speedy recovery.
Sources in Trinamool Congress said that the bouquet
sent by Banerjee to 10 Janpath, Gandhi`s official residence,
had a three word message which read "Get Well Soon".
Banerjee, who is the leader of the second largest UPA
ally Trinamool Congress with 19 MPs in Lok Sabha, shares a
warm relationship with the Gandhi family and has been visiting
the Congress President here on personal occassions including
After her historic win in the Assembly elections in West
Bengal, which saw the Congress-Trinamool combine trouncing the
Left which ruled the state for three decades, Banerjee had met
Gandhi at her residence in May this year and handed over a
bouquet of red roses to the Congress president, who was seen
putting her arm around Banerjee`s shoulder.
Meanwhile, Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao today began an
11-day long religious ritual at his official residence here
praying for the speedy recovery and long life of Gandhi, who
underwent a surgery abroad on Thursday.
Rao is a Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh.
He also said that he had already started a similar
Yagna yesterday at the Mahakali Temple in Hyderabad, which
will continue till the return of Gandhi from abroad.
Gandhi was yesterday moved out of the ICU of the
hospital where she underwent the surgery. There was no
official update from the party today on the medical condition
A release by the Congress had yesterday said, "Sonia
Gandhi remained in the ICU for 24 hours and has thereafter
been moved out. Her family has expressed gratitude on her
behalf for all the messages and good wishes that have
been sent to her."
64-year-old Gandhi underwent a surgery on August 4 for an
undisclosed ailment and the surgeon had indicated that the
operation had been successful.
The Congress president is expected to be back in India
in 2-3 weeks. In her absence, her son and party general
secretary Rahul Gandhi, along with Dwivedi, her political
secretary Ahmed Patel and Defence Minister A K Antony have
been given the responsibility of handling party affairs.