Ahead of Assembly polls Sonia Gandhi abroad for treatment, Rahul incharge

Sonia held a meeting with senior party leaders and stated that vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be taking decisions on her behalf.

Ahead of Assembly polls Sonia Gandhi abroad for treatment, Rahul incharge

With the election results of five states set to be declared on Saturday, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi has flown abroad for undergoing medical tests.

Sonia left the country on Tuesday and is expected to return on the 22nd, subject to her doctors' advice, reported NDTV. Gandhi held a meeting with senior party leaders and stated that vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be taking decisions on her behalf. The polls results, especially in Uttar Pradesh, will be a test of leadership for the Gandhi scion.

Before flying out, she spoke to senior Congress leaders informing them of her plans; she stated that her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Vice President, will take decisions on her behalf.

In August last year, she fell ill during a road show in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency of Varanasi, and was then hospitalized in Delhi, after which her attendance in parliament has been irregular.

Rahul is expected to chair an informal meeting tomorrow with Congress lawmakers tomorrow on their strategy for the parliament session that began today and runs till April 12.