Sonia in AIIMS, doctors say she's ok

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to the AIIMS here Monday night after she complained of chest pain in the Lok Sabha when it was debating the food security bill. Doctors later said she was doing "fine".

Gandhi, 66, looked shaken as she left the house before scores of opposition-backed amendments to her pet National Food Security Bill were put to vote.

She appeared to stumble as she walked down the parliament steps. Gandhi quickly held central minister Kumari Selja's left hand and recovered her poise.

Her son Rahul Gandhi and Selja accompanied her in the car to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The Congress president's daughter Priyanka Gandhi reached the hospital later.

As hordes of senior Congress leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, some central ministers and activists swamped the AIIMS complex, Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi said Sonia Gandh wanted everyone to leave the hospital. "She's fine," he said.

"According to our information, there is nothing to worry, some medicine did not suit her... She is fine and has appealed to everyone to leave. There is nothing to worry," Dwivedi told the people gathered.

Congress leader Ambika Soni said: "Various tests have been conducted on her...everything seems to be under control." She, however, did not elaborate on what tests had been conducted.

Doctors treating Gandhi said she will be kept under observation during the night and is likely to be discharged later Tuesday. Security at the AIIMS has been stepped up.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted wishing Sonia Gandhi a speedy recovery.

Gandhi earlier took part in the debate in the Lok Sabha on the food security bill which was later passed unanimously. Her speech was heard in silence by the house.


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