New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who
had gone abroad for a "routine check up" on Februrary 27
following a surgery six months back, returned here on Monday.
Gandhi returned a day before the counting of votes in the
elections to five states including crucial Uttar Pradesh. She
had extensively campaigned in UP, Punjab and Uttarakhand.
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has come back after her
routine check up and she is absolutely fine," party general
secretary and media department chief Janardan Dwivedi said.
Nearly six months after her treatment abroad, Gandhi had
travelled out of the country on the night of February 27 for
the check up.
A day after Gandhi left, Dwivedi had said that the
Congress President had gone abroad for check up and would
return in four to five days.
Gandhi, 65, had gone out of the country for treatment of
an undisclosed ailment in August last year. During her over
month-long stay, she had undergone surgery, whose nature was
not disclosed with the party maintaining that a citizen`s
right to privacy should be respected.
In her absence then, Gandhi`s son, Rahul and three senior
leaders were made in-charge of party affairs. Besides Rahul,
the committee had comprised Defence Minister A K Antony,
Janardan Dwivedi and Sonia Gandhi`s political secretary Ahmed
This time, however, no such arrangement was made as the
period of her stay out of the country was short.