Speculation rife on Sena chief’s health
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While the health of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray remains a concern, son and party executive president Uddhav said on Friday he was stable and his treatment on track.
Uddhav called an urgent meeting of party MLAs and MPs at Sena Bhavan in Dadar but denied it was to discuss the health of Thackeray.
He said the meeting was planned more than 15 days ago. "The winter session of the legislative assembly and council is little more than a month away. In the past, we have had preparatory meetings as late as two or three days before the session. I wanted to advance it, so that leaders can seek guidance on raising important questions."
Asked about the health of his father, Uddhav said: "Everyone is worried for Sena chief. He is stable and the treatment is in progress."
He said for Sainiks, Balasaheb's life was precious than their own. "Everyone is praying for the Sena chief. (Estranged cousin) Raj (Thackeray) visited him, so did (former Sena leader who defected to NCP) Chhagan Bhujbal."
Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar said issues such as the irrigation scam, inflation and water scarcity were discussed. "We strategised about how to raise these issues in the House and ask pointed questions," he said.
On Centre allowing Pakistan cricket team to play in India, Uddhav said despite Union Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde asserting that most terrorist attacks in India were carried out by Pakistanis, the government had okayed the series. "Pakistani Hindu families tell us how much they suffer when India wins a match against Pakistan. Is the home minister serious about his statement or has he made it in jest?" he said.
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