New Delhi: Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi accompanied by her son Rahul Gandhi, who had gone abroad for a routine medical check-up earlier this month, returned to the country on Tuesday morning. Also Read - Why PM Modi’s Covid Warning Should Be Taken Seriously During Upcoming Festivals
Confirming their return, an aide of Rahul Gandhi said the two leaders reached Delhi around 7am on Tuesday. Also Read - Recovered COVID-19 Patients Can Get The Infection Again Once Antibodies Start Depleting: ICMR
The mother-son duo had left for the United States on September 12, sources close to the family had said. Sonia Gandhi’s medical check-up was overdue and was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they said. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
Owing to the trip, both of them missed a major part of the Monsoon Session of Parliament that began on September 14. The session is likely to be curtailed in view of the rising number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country with several Members of Parliament (MPs) and the Parliament staff having tested positive.
The Gandhis has returned at a time when the Opposition, including the Congress, is locked in a stand-off with the government over Farm Bills 2020. On Tuesday, opposition parties staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha and decided to boycott proceedings of the House, even as the government insisted on their apology.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said they would boycott the proceedings until the suspension of eight members is revoked while also demanding that the government bring another bill to ensure that no private player is able to buy foodgrains from farmers below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) fixed by the government.
Eight members of Rajya Sabha, including Rajeev Satav, Syed Nazir Hussain and Ripun Boren of the Congress were suspended on Monday over their “unruly behaviour” during the passage of the two key farm bills on Sunday.