On Friday, the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was shifted to Delhi following she reportedly fell ill during her stay in Shimla. Along with her daughter Priyanka Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi Vadra had been to Chharabra village, 14km from Shimla, on Thursday.
They had both traveled to Shimla by road from Chandigarh and stayed at Hotel Wildflower Hall Chharabra. After going through the construction work of Priyanka’s cottage twice, the 71-year-old Congress leader returned to the hotel, complaining of uneasiness. The security agencies instantly got in touch with the authorities at Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla and asked them to make arrangements for emergency medical service. Dr. Ramesh Chand, a senior medical superintendent of IGMC, said he was asked to arrange an ambulance around 11.45 pm. An official told news agency IANS that “Since she (Sonia Gandhi) refused to get examined at Indira Gandhi Medical College and insisted on reaching Chandigarh, she was taken to Chandigarh late night”.
Both of them then left for Chandigarh in their vehicle by road. Dr. Chand and a team of doctors go together with them in an ambulance till Chandigarh. He assured the Congress leader’s condition was stable. Gandhi was taken to Delhi by a special aircraft from Chandigarh. Gandhi had visited the cottage last year in October but cut short her vacation following she fell ill, and was flown to Delhi in a special chopper from Kalyani helipad. The cottage is located close to the President of India’s summer holiday retreat in Chharabra, which is close to completion.