Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who has been facing rough weather over alleged links in Indian Premier League (IPL) bids, is expected to undergo a surgery for removal of a benign growth in his mouth at South Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on Wednesday.
His daughter, Supriya Sule confirmed this to Hindustan Times.
She said that he would get admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and undergo a small surgery on Wednesday. The surgery will be conducted by Dr Sultan Pradhan, onco-surgeon and director of Prince Aly Khan hospital.
Pawar has been diagnosed to have an infective granuloma (an inflammatory growth due to an infection) in the oral cavity. He will be administered a general anaesthesia and the surgery is expected to last for about 90 minutes.
Dr Pradhan, who has been treating Pawar for several years, admitted that they had feared a recurrence of oral cancer.
“Fortunately, there is no evidence of cancer. A biopsy was conducted three days ago showed that the that the growth is not malignant,” he said.
Dr Pradhan said the granuloma could have been caused by dental infection or because of previous surgery and radiation therapy.
Pawar will have to stay at the posh private hospital for at least two to three days after the surgery.
In 2004, he had undergone a similar minor surgery removing infection in his left jaw at the Breach Candy hospital. Incidentally, Wednesday, the day he is expected to be operated is also the tenth founding day of his party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Predictably, the celebration will be little low key.