Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi’s only rally in Haryana on Friday, ahead of the assembly election on October 21, has been called off and will now be addressed by her son and party MP Rahul Gandhi.

According to reports, Sonia Gandhi will not be attending the rally in Haryana’s Mahendragarh because of her poor health.

Gandhi had kept herself away from campaigning during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due to ill health.

This Haryana rally was her first after returning as the Congress president. The party had even released a detailed programme, which said she will address a public meeting at Government College Khel Parisar in Mahendragarh on Friday.

Meanwhile, the party has not yet formally stated a reason for the change of plans. A tweet which had announced Sonia Gandhi of skipping the rally was also deleted.

“Shri @RahulGandhi ji will be addressing a public meeting at Mahendragarh today, at 2 PM. @INCIndia President Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji will not be able to attend the meeting due to unavoidable reasons (sic),” the party’s deleted tweet said.

The last time Sonia had addressed a public rally was on June 12 where she thanked the people of Rae Bareilly for re-electing her in the Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi has stepped up his attacks on the government and PM Modi in the run-up to state elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. On Tuesday, he referred to the Prime Minister as a “loudspeaker” for certain industrialists, claiming that his strategy was like that of a pickpocket who diverts people’s attention to steal their money.

Haryana goes to polls with Maharashtra on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24.