So­nia Gandhi hos­pi­tal­ized for vi­ral fever


NEW DELHI: So­nia Gandhi, the leader of In­dia’s op­po­si­tion Congress party, was hos­pi­tal­ized Tues­day for a vi­ral fever, a party of­fi­cial said.

Gandhi will spend two days in a New Delhi hospi­tal, party chief spokesman Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala said in a state­ment.

Gandhi, 69, has faced past health prob­lems, but her party has long kept a veil over her per­sonal life.

She flew to the United States for surgery in 2011, but the party never pro­vided more than cur­sory in­for­ma­tion about her con­di­tion.

She has been vis­it­ing the United States for reg­u­lar check­ups since then.

In March, she cut short a po­lit­i­cal rally in north­ern In­dia due to a high fever and was hos­pi­tal­ized in New Delhi for sev­eral days.

Gandhi is the Ital­ian-born widow of slain for­mer In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi. Af­ter his death, she en­tered pol­i­tics re­luc­tantly, but led the party to suc­ces­sive elec­tion tri­umphs in 2004 and 2009.

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