Sonia Gandhi tests Covid-positive; ED summons for June 8

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday tested positive for Covid-19, ahead of the June 8 Enforcement Directorate summons in the National Herald money-laundering case.

Gandhi, 75, developed covid symptoms on Wednesday and has isolated on medical advice, Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala said on Thursday.

Surjewala said Sonia would attend the June 8 summons and would hopefully be better in about four days.

It’s unclear as to how Sonia will answer the ED summons after six days when the government-mandated Covid isolation is for seven days.

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Surjewala tweeted, “Congress President, Smt Sonia Gandhi has been meeting leaders & activists over last week, some of whom have been found Covid +ve. Congress President had developed mild fever & Covid symptoms last evening. On testing, she has been found to be Covid positive.

“As per medical advice, Congress President has isolated herself.

“As a large number of Congressmen & women & well wishers have expressed concern, we want to say that she is fine and recovering. We thank everyone for their good wishes.”

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He said the Congress president would appear before the ED on June 8.

“We, at the Indian National Congress, shall keep you posted about any future developments,” Surjewala said.