Sonia Gandhi out of ICU after successful surgery

Sonia Gandhi out of ICU after successful surgery

New Delhi: Ruling Congress on Saturday said party chief Sonia Gandhi, who has undergone a surgery for undisclosed illness in the US on Thursday evening, has been moved out of ICU.

“Sonia Gandhi remained in the ICU for 24 hours and has thereafter been moved out. Her family has expressed gratitude on her behalf for all the messages and good wishes that have been sent to her," party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said in a press note.

64-year-old Gandhi underwent a surgery on 4 August for an undisclosed ailment and the surgeon had indicated that the operation has been successful.

The Congress president is expected to be back in India in 2-3 weeks, according to Dwivedi.

In her absence, her son and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, along with Dwivedi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and defence minister A. K. Antony have been given the responsibility of handling party affairs.

Although Congress say its a temporary arrangement for three or four weeks, the move is seen as a clear signal that Rahul Gandhi is going to take over the reins of the party. Gandhi is considered as the ruling party’s future prime ministerial candidate.

(PTI also contributed to this story)