UP needs Sheila Dikshit as CM to end years of exploitation: Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a massive road show in Varanasi on Tuesday to launch the party's campaign for the 2017 assembly elections.

Sources in the Congress said Ms. Gandhi had felt a "little tired" and made a decision to return to Delhi on the advice of her doctors. In a tweet Mr Modi said, he prays for her quick recovery and good health.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's initial plan to visit the famous Kashi Viswanath temple, for the first time in years, or Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi earlier visit to Kedarnath are all part of that strategy.

However, she fell ill after spending five hours under hot and humid conditions - forcing her to cut the roadshow short barely a kilometre ahead of the last stop.

Spokesman Randeep Surjewala said Gandhi, 69, has been suffering from fever for the last few days but chose to campaign for state legislature elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh state early next year. "She covered most of the ground, only the last bit of the roadshow remained...", said Congress leader Sanjay Singh.

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She was taken to a lodge where doctors attended on her and advised her rest. "Sonia ji came and has gone to hospital, she is stable now. She suffered acute dehydration", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

Taking the fight to the lion's den, the Congress on Tuesday put up a show of strength in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi. "Each worker will put in his best", she said. As the road show passed through several localities, rose petals were showered on Gandhi and her cavalcade from adjoining buildings. At several points, she stepped out of the vehicle to acknowledge and greet supporters. "I will come back very soon, and then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple".

"Raj Babbar hopes for a 'miracle" in UP Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar has expressed hope that there will be a "miracle" in favour of his party in the upcoming assembly election in the state.

Sonia Gandhi in Varanasi with Sheila Dikshit who is party's chief ministerial candidate for next year's assembly polls in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

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