Gandhi had been to the US for a surgery. The Congress said it would not confirm the nature of her medical problem. Mrs Gandhi was reportedly undergoing treatment at the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, though this was not confirmed by Congress spokespersons.
Mrs Gandhi's absence had somewhere paralysed the party over taking up crucial decisions based on national interests. Anna Hazare fever that rocked the entire nation for the past few weeks had fallen hard on the UPA govt. Many Congress leaders claimed that Mrs Gandhi would have handled last month's 12-day hunger strike by Anna activist Hazare very differently.
In fact, PM Manmohan Singh also spoke publicly about her absence. While Mrs Gandhi was away, her son, Rahul Gandhi, has been playing a larger and more visible role than usual in the party's affairs. The PM had consulted him on different occasions during Anna's fast.
Now it seems like the long-time trouble and pressure faced by the govt is going to end with party honcho, Mrs Gandhi's arrival.