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Sonia's Varanasi rally was 'historic', hope she recovers soon: Sheila Dikshit

Updated: Aug 03, 2016 14:59 IST

New Delhi, Aug 3 (ANI): Praying for the speedy recovery of Sonia Gandhi who is currently undergoing treatment after she fell sick during her mega road show in Varanasi, UP chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday asserted that the rally in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency by the Congress Chief was a historic one.

Speaking to ANI here, Dikshit said that the road show in Varanasi was epic, adding that instead of the duration of the scheduled two hours, it took six hours as the Congress convoy was swarmed by supporters, mostly women.

"I don't think a rally of this magnitude has ever happened in our nation. If this is the response in the Prime Minister's constituency, then you can imagine what will happen in other places," she added.

Talking about Sonia Gandhi's condition, the former Delhi chief minister stated that her health took a turn for the worse due to the constant climatic change to her body.

"She was travelling in an AC car and she kept coming up to greet the people in the blistering heat. This constant movement, which was mostly her being out in the sun, affected her. But I'm sure she will be fine and I pray that she recovers soon. I don't think there is anything to be worried about and she is currently undergoing treatment," Dikshit said.

Meanwhile, the Congress Chief has been shifted from the Army Research and Referral Hospital to the Gangaram Hospital, after a day of observation.

Earlier today, the Congress party said that Sonia Gandhi, who developed high fever during her road show in Varanasi, is now stable and recovering.

Speaking to ANI here, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Sonia is stable and recovering and is under medical supervision.

"She has also thanked all fellow countrymen and crores of congress men for their concern and good wishes expressed over the last 24 hours," he added.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met the Congress Supremo at the hospital here.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered help to Gandhi, who had to cut short her Varanasi visit after falling ill, by sending a doctor for her health check-up and a plane for her transportation back to the national capital.

Sources told ANI that Prime Minister Modi also spoke to Sheila Dikshit, and enquired about Gandhi's health.

Earlier, the Congress president, who had to leave the party's roadshow in Varanasi midway after she developed a high fever, said she was sad to have cut short her visit to the temple town.

In a statement, Gandhi said, I am saddened that due to my ill health, I had to cut my visit to Varanasi short. I could not visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple either."

"I will come back very soon, and then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple," she added.

The Congress president was leading a massive roadshow in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency for the party's campaign for the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

She, however, had to cut short the roadshow towards the fag end of the march route in the evening after she fell ill.

The doctors advised her to cut short her visit after which she left for the national capital. Later on, she was treated at the Varanasi Airport's VIP Lounge. (ANI)

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