Sonia back in action, chairs Congress meet

Sonia Gandhi chaired the party’s election committee in the national capital.

New Delhi: Rendered out of action for over a month by her illness, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday made her first public appearance before a group of top party leaders bringing cheer to them and to the rank and file.

Gandhi, who had undergone a surgery in the US last month, was her usual self today, chairing the Central Election Committee meeting that discussed names of 98 candidates and finalised 70 for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh.

It was her first such interaction with party leaders after she arrived here on September 08 after having undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment in the US on August 04.

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, "Gandhi participated in the meeting today happily and normally as she used to do earlier. Like in the past, Gandhi came out of her house to welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and see him off after the 65-minute-long meeting. She discussed issues as she used to do earlier."

Dwivedi recalled that soon after coming back here, Gandhi had begun going through papers related to party work.

"She is normally quite fine but as per the doctor`s advice it will take her some time to resume all the work she earlier did. It will take her a little more time to fully recover," the Congress media department chief said.

Congress general secretary in charge of UP Digvijay Singh said Gandhi was looking "quite happy and actively participated in the meeting. Nobody could make out that she has undergone any operation. Touchwood, she was looking quite good".

The CEC meeting was attended among others by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, senior ministers Pranab Mukherjee, AK Antony, Congress president`s political secretary Ahmed Patel and Dwivedi.


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