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I have given up wine, cigars, says Thackeray

india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 16:33 IST
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Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has given up “good friends” like cigar and wine in view of health considerations as doctors are trying to cure his lung condition.

In an interview to Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana´, the octogenarian leader, who was discharged from a hospital here on March 8 after undergoing an 11-day treatment for fever, weakness and suspected pneumonia, also made it clear that though son Uddhav was handling the “entire functioning” of the party but he does need the “nod” of the Sena patriarch on important decisions.

“I don’t smoke cigar now. I have given up wine. I don’t even feel like having wine,” Thackeray said.

“Doctors are trying to fill up the holes in my lungs,” he said in a reply to a query.

82-year-old Thackeray said he frequently suffers loss of breath and has to use nebulizer, a device through which medication is inhaled through mouth.

While Uddhav handles the “entire functioning” of the four decade-old saffron outfit, Thackeray said “he consults me whenever he makes some appointments and lists and declares it once I give my nod."