While rumours on 86-year-old Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s health continue to do the rounds, party executive president Uddhav Thackeray said the Sena chief was under medical care.
Saying that things were not as alarming as their opponents thought them to be, Uddhav said: “Everybody is worried about the health of the Shiv Sena chief, even I am… he is under medical treatment.”
He was speaking after a meeting of party MPs and MLAs on Friday at Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters in Dadar.
“Things are not as alarming as our opponents imagine them to be. The Shiv Sena chief will answer these things in his no-holds-barred style,” added Uddhav.
“This is natural (party cadre being worried about Thackeray’s health). The Shiv Sena chief is like god for the Shiv Sainiks and they are more worried about him than themselves,’ he said.
Uddhav added that visits by his estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and former Shiv Sainik and incumbent PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal to the Thackeray family residence of Matoshree on Thursday had sparked worries.
Uddhav added that Raj had called up Matoshree on Friday to get updates on Thackeray’s health. He also ruled out a link between Thackeray senior’s health and the meeting of the Sena’s elected representatives.
Saying that the meeting had been decided in advance, he said that the meeting was called to lay down the party’s strategy before the state legislature and Parliament sessions. Uddhav also lashed out at the Centre for allowing the Pakistani cricket team to play in India despite Pakistan’s hand in terror attacks in the country.