Amidst rumours of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s failing health, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met the senior leader for the second time within a week, on Thursday. This time, his wife Sharmila accompanied him to meet the octogenarian at his Matoshree residence, where they spent more than an hour.
Thackeray is suffering from lung and pancreatic ailments and has been bedridden for a while. After Raj, PWD minister and senior NCP leader, Chhagan Bhujbal, a former Sainik, met him to inquire after his health.
The number of visitors and courtesy calls to the Thackeray household have increased after the Dussehra rally on September 24 when the Sena chief virtually announced his retirement from public life in a recorded video address to the crowd.
Appearing sick and feeble, he explained his illness to the Sainiks and appealed to them to stand by his son Uddhav and grandson Aditya.
“Several of Balasaheb’s admirers, politicians who owe their political careers to him, have been coming to meet him,” said a senior Shiv Sena leader present at Matoshree on Thursday.
While Thackeray’s family physician Jaleel Parkar refused to give a health update, sources from the medical fraternity who have seen him recently said his condition has been steadily deteriorating.
“He is put on oxygen and on intravenous fluids off and on when required. Otherwise his condition is stable,” a source said.
While Raj has been terming these visits purely ‘personal’, sources say his uncle’s indirect urge during the Dussehra rally for him to join hands with the Sena could not be ignored.
“Although the two might not come together due to the issue of leadership, a post-poll alliance cannot be ruled out for 2014 elections,” said political expert Surendra Jondhale.