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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1588

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray condition still critical as Mumbai stays tense

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, Nov 16 (

Bal_Thackrey.jpgAnxious politicians and celebrities flocked to the residence of the critically ill Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Thursday as entire Mumbai stood tense with many markets closed.

From Amitabh Bachchan, son Abishek to Nitin Gadkari and Sharad Pawar, everyone dropped in. Salman Khan and Sanjay Dut too were among those who enquired about Thackeray health. Industrialists Rahul Bajaj and Venugopal Dhoot were among many who visited 'Matoshree' .

Hundreds of Shiv Sena workers with grim faces, gathered outside “Matoshree” bungalow, wanting to know the latest health bulletin about the powereful Sena chief.

The Sena supremo’s condition turned critical last night, but was showing signs of improvement and has been taken off the life support system, party spokesman Sanjay Raut said on Thursday. "Yesterday definitely there was some problem. Balasaheb is stable and responding to treatment and off life support system. Yesterday there was the need for him to be on life support system but today it is not," Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, said.

No medical bulletin on the ailing 86-year-old leader's condition has been issued as yet, but one of the doctors attending on him said Thackeray was still being administered oxygen. "He is being given oxygen and his condition is still not good," the doctor. Son Uddhav besies estranged MN leader Raj Thackeray are keeping a close watch on the ailing leader.

Meanwhile, security outside Thackeray's 'Matoshree' bungalow in suburban Bandra has been stepped up following yesterday's incidents in which Shiv Sainiks had damaged some media vehicles and equipment. Large contingents of Mumbai police and Rapid Action Force have been stationed and the area has been heavily barricaded.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has been continuously monitoring law and order situation in the state in view of Thackeray's condition. Large number of shops and business establishments in Sena strongholds like Dadar and Parel were closed.

- Asian Tribune -

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