Veteran communist leader AB Bardhan, who was hospitalised after he suffered a paralytic stroke in New Delhi on Monday, continued to be in a “critical” condition and was “partially” responding to treatment.
“He (Bardhan) is still critical and is partially responding to medicines. Doctors have kept him under observation and are waiting for improvement for further action,” Communist Party of India (CPI) said in a statement.
Ninety-two-year-old Bardhan, who lives at the CPI headquarters in New Delhi, felt uneasy around 0800 hours and then lost consciousness. He was immediately rushed to GB Pant Hospital in central Delhi, party leader Atul Kumar Anjaan said.
The former CPI general-secretary was admitted in the emergency wing and being taken care of by senior doctors.
Bardhan’s wife, a professor in Nagpur University, died in 1986. The couple has a son and daughter.
Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan has been a leading figure of the trade union movement and Left politics in Maharashtra and had won as an Independent candidate in the Maharashtra Assembly, in 1957.
He later rose to become the general-secretary and then the president of the All India Trade Union Congress, the oldest trade union in India.
Bardhan moved to Delhi politics in the 1990s and became the deputy general-secretary of the CPI. He succeeded Indrajit Gupta as the general-secretary of the party in 1996.