Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s sudden illness in the parliament on Monday night has taken political overtones with Congress leaders and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi engaging in a war of words. The party officially protested against BJP leader Narendra Modi’s tweet that Sonia should have been taken to hospital on a wheel-chair or stretcher.
“In a civilised world people should not do politics over somebody’s health. There are facilities in parliament but it was a private affair,” said party spokesman Bhakt Charan Das.
Earlier, Modi lost no time taking a dig at the carelessness in handling the movements of Sonia. In his tweeted: “Glad to know that Sonia ji’s health is fine. Wishing her the best of health for the future.”
Many Congress MPs were also angry for not arranging an ambulance or even a stretcher. They also wondered why a well-equipped ambulance with doctors parked for the prime minister could not be put in operation for Sonia Gandhi.
While coming out of the parliament on Monday night, she also lost her balance momentarily and quickly caught hand of union minister Union minister Selja Kumari. She walked to get into her car to go to the AIIMS.
Senior doctors are always available in the Parliament during the session to handle any emergency. They are equipped with wheelchairs, stretchers and an ambulance. Though a probe has been ordered as to why these facilities were not put in operation after Sonia took ill, in the parliament secretariat nobody could explain why doctors on duty were not informed.
Meanwhile, Sonia has returned home and has been advised to take rest. She underwent a series of medical tests during five hours of hospitalisation in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). “She was allowed to return home Monday night itself. She is perfectly fine. There is nothing to worry,” Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. She was suffering from fever since Sunday, but still she decided to Lok Sabha to speak on food bill.
According to AIIMS acting director R C Dekha, she was discharged from the institute at around 1.30 am on Tuesday.
“Sonia had cold and headache. She had a medicine and started feeling uneasy in Parliament. She came here, we conducted tests... everything is normal. She has left for home in her own car,” he said.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh, who remained stuck in the Lok Sabha until 11 pm on account of voting on the bill, was a late-night visitor to AIIMS.