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The Indian Herald

January 23, 2009

Manmohan Singh to undergo heart surgery

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undergo heart surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He has been admitted and will take four weeks to return to work.

In his absence, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee will stand in for the Prime Minister and look after his work though he will not be an acting Prime Minister. Besides, Mukherjee will handle Finance portfolio this period.

He met Manmohan Singh today just before the PM was about to be admitted to the AIIMS. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also present in the meeting and she inquired about PM's health.

The bypass surgery will take place on Saturday. Subsequently the Prime Minister would take around 3-4 weeks to recuperate and join his work. In this period, Pranab Mukherjee, who has emerged as troubleshooter for the Congress government in this regime, will handle his work. The External Affairs minister will officiate and head the cabinet meetings in this duration.

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