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Bal Thackeray stable, Mumbai comes alive

Friday, 16 November 2012 - 11:02am IST Updated: Friday, 16 November 2012 - 11:45pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: IANS
Health improving, say Shiv Sena leaders; agencies claim he remains critical.
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The city sprung back to life by Friday evening following reports that Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was making a “miraculous recovery”. News agencies, however, said he remained critical. The 86-year-old has been ailing for some time now and was put on ventilator on Wednesday night. Thackeray’s health kept the city on tenterhooks for the last two days with Mumbai coming to a standstill on Thursday.

Shiv Sena spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut ended the suspense over the Sena chief’s health on Friday afternoon, saying there was a “miraculous improvement” in his condition. “His pulse rate, blood pressure and heart beats are normal. Balasaheb will soon make an appearance before Shiv Sainiks,” Raut said. Sena leaders Manohar Joshi and Diwakar Raote also said Thackeray was slowly but surely responding to treatment.

News of Thackeray’s improving health brought back the buzz on the streets of Mumbai on Friday. Business went on as usual, shops remained open and public transport was back in action. Attendance in offices was better than what was on Thursday when most people refused to step out.

Meanwhile, the stream of visitors at Thackeray’s residence, Matoshree in Bandra (East), continued. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, RPI chief Ramdas Athavle, yoga guru Baba Ramdev and actress Juhi Chawla were among those who visited Matoshree. The Mumbai police said there will be strong security outside Matoshree as people continue to throng the Thackeray residence.  
A team of doctors has been monitoring Thackeray’s health round-the-clock. There has been no medical bulletin on his condition, but his son Uddhav and other party leaders have briefly addressed supporters. “The Sena chief’s condition is stable since yesterday. I have not given up hope. You too must not,” Uddhav said on Thursday.

Health check
Doctors are monitoring Bal Thackeray. Party leaders said the Sena chief’s room at Matoshree has been turned into an ICU with emergency equipment and medical aid.

Doctors are monitoring Bal Thackeray. Party leaders said the Sena chief’s room at Matoshree has been turned into an ICU with emergency equipment and medical aid.




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