Sympathy grows for ‘son’ Rahul Gandhi as he travels abroad to be with ailing mother Sonia

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today left for abroad to be with his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi who is undergoing medical treatment.

Rahul left soon after his return from Chandigarh where he attended the swearing-in ceremony of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

“Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi shall travel there today to be with her and accompany Congress President on the return journey,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He added that Congress President Sonia Gandhi is already abroad for a health check-up.

Rahul left for an undisclosed location abroad amid a growing clamour for structural changes within after the party’s debacle in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

Sonia, who did not campaign in the assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, went abroad for treatment earlier this month and gave a miss to the counting of votes in five states.

Party sources say she has gone for a “routine medical check-up” but there is no set date for her return.

Though they did not let in on where she has gone for the check-up, there was speculation that she is in the US where she had earlier undergone treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Sonia has not been keeping well for quite some time.

Journalist Sahgarika Ghose on Twitter had poked fun at the Congress vice president for leaving the country at a time when his party was facing an unprecedented turmoil.

However, he received plenty of support from unexpected quarter as many felt that he had every right to be with his ailing mother. Others said that he may be criticised for his political decisions but not when he was required to discharge his duty as a son.

That’s after CNN-News18 ran a hashtag #PappuCantWinSaala during one of its prime time debates. Faced with widespread condemnation, the show’s anchor was forced to apologise and delete tweets.

(With PTI inputs)


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