Sonia cuts short Varanasi roadshow due to fever, returns to Delhi

It was Sonia Gandhi\'s first visit to Varanasi after Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014.

Published: 02nd August 2016 07:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2016 11:21 PM   |  A+A-

Sonia Varanasi PTI

Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi during a party road show in the view of upcoming UP Assembly elections in Varanasi on Tuesday. | PTI


VARANASI: Taking the battle to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's turf, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today led a massive roadshow here kicking off the party's campaign for the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh where it is out of power for nearly three decades.  

69-year-old Gandhi, however, had to cut short the roadshow towards the fag end of the eight-km march route this evening after she fell ill as it wound through the streets of the temple town for nearly three hours.  

Congress sources said Gandhi cancelled her planned visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the evening to offer prayers and was returning to Delhi. The sources said that Gandhi was suffering from viral fever but had decided to go ahead with the roadshow as she was not inclined to cancel it at the last minute.     


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