New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was rushed to a super-specialty hospital on Monday night after taking ill in Parliament, “is perfectly all right and stable”, the party said on Tuesday. She is expected to resume her routine and rejoin “Parliament proceedings at the earliest,” said a party functionary.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lost no time on Tuesday in wishing a speedy recovery to the Congress President but in the same breath also expressed concern over the carelessness in ferrying her to the hospital after she took ill.
“Considering her health, Soniaji should have been taken to hospital in a well-equipped ambulance. Still, doctors are the best judges,” he said.
Modi’s seemingly well meaning tweet added, “Concerned that basic medical emergency procedures were not followed. Would have been better if a wheelchair or a stretcher were used in Parliament.”
Many lawmakers, in turn, pointed out that senior doctors are always available in Parliament House during the session to handle any emergency, and they are fully equipped with wheelchairs, stretchers and an ambulance to rush a patient to the hospital, if need be. However, inexplicably, no attempt was made to summon the doctors. Nor was a stretcher or an ambulance requisitioned to ferry Gandhi to AIIMS.
In fact, while climbing down a few steps of the Parliament House on Monday night, Sonia had lost her balance momentarily but quickly caught the hand of Union minister Selja and recovered her balance.
One view within the Congress is that Sonia possibly did not want any fuss; at least she did not want her visit to the hospital to become a media spectacle, which would have drawn attention away from the landmark Food Bill.
The Congress, meanwhile, has strongly protested against Modi’s tweet. “In a civilized world people should not play politics over somebody’s health. There are facilities in Parliament but it was a private affair,” said party spokesman Bhakt Charan Das, scoffing at Modi’s attempt to project as if Sonia was extremely unwell.
“She is perfectly all right. She is stable and we hope that she would join Parliament proceedings at the earliest,” Das said at the media briefing. Sonia did not attend the Lok Sabha on Tuesday as doctors have advised her full rest for a few days.