Sonia Gandhi falls ill, abandons rally and all programmes at Varanasi

Varanasi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday cut short her big roadshow in Varanasi and started back for Delhi after she fell ill.

Sonia developed high fever midway through her roadshow and was advised by doctors not to go ahead with the final leg which included an address to the public and a visit to the Kasi Viswanath temple.

Before she called off her road trip the Congress president stood in an SUV greeting party supporters who gathered on the streets as her cavalcade drove through.

After she complained of uneasiness and took a break there was a confusion for a couple of hours with some party leaders waiting for her at the final venue and others saying she would return to Delhi.

The final decision was conveyed around 7 pm after she drove to the airport to take a special flight to Delhi

After news of her ill health was confirmed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted expressing concern and wishing her a speedy recovery.

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