The bill is a pet welfare legislation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was taken ill during the eight hours long debate and was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for observation.

In a speech heard in silence in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi declared: "The food bill is meant for the less fortunate sections of our society. It is a historic step to eradicate hunger. It is time to send out a big message that India can take the responsibility of ensuring food security for all its citizens," she added, to loud thumping of desks by ruling coalition members.

The bill, a part of the Congress election manifesto of 2009, is widely expected to be a game-changer for the ruling party as it prepares for the 2014 general election.

Sonia discharged from AIIMS
    
Sonia Gandhi was admitted to AIIMS hospital after she was taken ill in the Lok Sabha. She spent about five hours, and was discharged from the hospital after her check-up was completed.
    
"The Congress president has come back, she is all right and her medical check-up has been completed," party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
    
A senior doctor at AIIMS said, "She had cough...she had headache. She took medicines after which she felt uneasiness in Parliament, that is why she was here. We put all the test required for such diseases and we found her normal, and she has left in her own car talking to all the doctors, and thanking all of us."
    
67-year-old Sonia left the Lok Sabha while the voting was underway on Monday night on various amendments moved by the Opposition and was rushed to AIIMS. Ironically, Sonia could not be present in the Lower House when the landmark bill was passed.

(Agencies)

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