The Indian National Congress Party President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi on Thursday underwent surgery in a United States hospital. The details of the ailment have to be confirmed. However, there have been speculations that Sonia has been admitted to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Memorial hospital in New York. Sloan Kettering Hospital is known as one of the best hospitals for treatment of cancer patients in the world. Some news reports also suggest that Sonia Gandhi has been treated for Cervical Cancer. This development will keep Sonia Gandhi out of the country for a month.

The unconfirmed reports says that Dr. Nori Datthathreyudu has performed surgery to Sonia Gandhi. Dr. Nori Datthathreyudu belongs to Andhra Pradesh and studied his MBBS from Kurnool Medical College. Dr. Nori is a world famous medical expert in treating caner, particularly cervical cancer patients. Sonia Gandhi has been to abroad these days, much frequently than she used to be in the recent past. Sonia Gandhi was also treated at the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. Sonia Gandhi has been a patient of chronic asthma for so many years.

Meanwhile, the health condition of Sonia Gandhi has hit the Congress Party activities across the country. The 64 year old leader has already formed a four member group to look after the Party affairs. The Group consists of General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister A K Antony, Sonia's political advisor Ahmed Patel and General Secretary, Janardhan Dwivedi. It is learnt that Mrs. Gandhi was accompanied by her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka when she underwent a successful surgery in the US hospital.

Political commentators believe that the stage is all set for Mr. Rahul Gandhi to take over the charge of the Congress Party with his inclusion in the four member group. It is also to be noted that Party's stalwart, Pranab Mukherjee and Digvijay Singh were not part of the highest decision making group of the Congress Party, at least till Sonia Gandhi returns to India.

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