New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi
on Wednesday night played a gracious host to her MPs and Union Ministers
here at a dinner party thrown by her which was attended by
almost all the top leaders.
Gandhi had hosted the dinner at Hotel Ashok days
before the winter session of Parliament draws to a close.
Several Congress leaders were seen complimenting
Gandhi for her speech at the Congress Parliamentary Party(CPP)
meeting held this morning.
The Congress President had exhorted her party leaders
to take on the opposition in Parliament, remarking that the
latter have not been able to reconcile to their loss in the
2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
She also stated in her speech that Congress has the
potential to put in a strong performance in poll-bound states
of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.
"Madam appeared very lively and spirited," a Congress
leader present at the dinner said. Gandhi was unwell a few
months ago and had reportedly undergone treatment at a US
hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress General
Secretary Rahul Gandhi were among the prominent guests at the
dinner. Several office-bearers of the All India Congress
Committee(AICC) also attended the dinner.
Sonia Gandhi was seen interacting with several of her
The dishes for the dinner menu included Rajasthani
and Kashmiri cuisines.
A woman MP from the Congress said there was a "large
spread of food from different regions and it was really good".
The dinner started at 7:30 pm and lasted around two