Abdul Mannan, the leader of the opposition, was put on an external pacemaker on Wednesday evening after he was rushed to a hospital following a scuffle with security personnel inside the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in the afternoon.
He was rushed to G D Hospital and Diabetes Institute on Lenin Sarani in central Kolkata after he fell ill, where doctors attached the pacemaker.
Mannan earned fame in 2014 when his dogged pursuit of a petition in the supreme court eventually led to the CBI investigation in the chit fund scam. The high-profile investigation into Rose Valley, Saradha, I Core and MPS group apart from a host of other entities, and the resultant political fallout, can be traced back to his efforts.
“We had to put him on a temporary, external pacemaker since we diagnosed that his heart was heading towards a block. He would need a permanent pacemaker later. However, his condition is stable with normal blood pressure. Since he needs advance cardiac care, his family members decided to shift him to Apollo,” Dr Subhasish Ganguly, under whom he was admitted in G D Hospital and Diabetes, told HT.
Mannan was shifted him to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals on Thursday morning.
The 65-year old Congress veteran is unmarried and lives in Hooghly district.
In the 2016 assembly polls, Mannan won from Champdany constituency, an industrial area in Hooghly district. He used to teach mathematics in a school.
On Thursday governor Keshari Nath Tripathi described the incidents inside the House on Wednesday as “unfortunate”.
During the day, Congress and Left MLAs continued their agitation outside the assembly. “Our agitation will continue to protest the manner in which he was manhandled inside the Hoouse,” said Congress leader Amitabha Chakraborty.
“We are conducting joint protests, and will boycott the budget together,” said CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakraborty.
Pandemonium broke out in the Bengal Assembly on Wednesday when Mannan led a protest by opposition parties over a Bill proposed by the government to make vandals pay for any damage to public and private property.
The Congress and the Left Front are opposed to the Bill, have called it ‘draconian’ and alleged that it is aimed at curbing protests. Tension was triggered after opposition MLAs pointed out that Trinamool Congress MLAs unleashed unprecedented vandalism in the assembly itself on November 30, 2006 when the Left Front was in power.
When speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay did not allow Congress and Left MLAs to enter the House carrying posters of the TMC vandalism, Mannan, defied the speaker and wore a jacket made of the posters, following which the speaker suspended Mannan for the day and asked the Marshall to take him out of the House.
While Mannan refused to leave and squatted in the well, he was forcibly taken away. He fell ill following the scuffle.