Sonia Gandhi wished him good health, peace and happiness. "Your life has been a message of struggle and sacrifice. Your humility, spirit of forgiveness and compassion has touched all those, who have the privilege of knowing you," noted the Congress President.
Sonia Gandhi hailed the Mandela as a "courageous fighter" and a "symbol of indomitable spirit". "Today when the world is confronted with a crisis of leadership with moral force, you stand out as a symbol of indomitable spirit. We pray and wish that the world continues to benefit from your wisdom and reassuring presence," said the Congress President.Sonia Gandhi also recalled the fond memories of her own meetings with Mandela and said that she would always cherish them.
Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Mandela has been hospitalised four times since December.
Mandela, who is revered for leading the fight against white minority rule in the African country and then preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years, turned 95. He served as the country's first black president from 1994 to 1999.