Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son flew down to Goa on Friday after doctors advised the former to shift out of the national capital in view of the heavy pollution and poor air quality that has aggravated her chest infection.

A party leader was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying, "Mrs Gandhi has chronic chest infection for over a month now and it is not improving because of hazardous air quality in Delhi. The heavy pollution has aggravated her asthma and her chest condition. Accordingly, doctors advised her to shift out of Delhi till air quality improves."

Sonia Gandhi's move to Goa comes at a time when the Congress is yet to instrospect on its pathetic performance in the recently-concluded Bihar assembly election and assembly bye-elections.

This is not the first time that the Congress president has shifted to Goa.

The Congress president had moved to Goa for some time in January last year where her pictures of cycling had gone viral on social media.

Sonia Gandhi had been admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi on July 30 evening. 

Later on September 12, she went abroad for a few days for her routine medical check-up, and Rahul Gandhi had accompanied her during the visit. 

The two leaders had also missed the Monsoon session of Parliament which was held under special conditions during the pandemic from September 14 to 23.