New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Thursday. “She has isolated herself under medical advice,” Surjewala said, adding that Gandhi had a mild fever. “We hope she will get better.” “We will get her tested again and her plan to visit the ED stands,” “he added.
Sonia Gandhi, 75, has been busy meeting leaders and activists over the last week, among whom some of them may have been infected by Covid-19, the party spokesperson tweeted.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday summoned Sonia Gandhi in a money laundering case and urged her to appear before it on June 8. The ED has also summoned party MP and former president Rahul Gandhi in the same case on June 2 to appear. Currently, he has gone abroad.
Surjewala said Sonia developed a mild fever and Covid-19 symptoms on Wednesday evening. “As a large number of Congressmen and women and well-wishers have expressed their concern, we want to say that she is fine and recovering.” “We thank everyone for their good wishes,” tweeted Surjewala.
While the party has said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi would be appearing before the ED, a number of its leaders, including Abhishek Manu Singhvi, have said that the government was misusing the central investigating agencies to attack the opposition. The Congress leader has also said that the party would not be intimidated by these “tactics”.