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Uddhav calls early party meet, but plays down health issues

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who is expected to undergo another angioplasty procedure next week, called a meeting of all party legislators and members of parliament for a discussion ahead of the winter session of state legislature and parliament.

mumbai Updated: Nov 03, 2012 01:04 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who is expected to undergo another angioplasty procedure next week, called a meeting of all party legislators and members of parliament for a discussion ahead of the winter session of state legislature and parliament.

The Sena meeting, which is usually scheduled three-four days before the session kicks off, was held at least a month in advance this year.

Uddhav, however, rubbished rumours that the meeting had been brought forward because of the failing health of his father and Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his own heart procedure.

“Every year, we have the meeting a few days before the session and guide our legislators and MPs on the party issues. This does not give them time to reflect on and study the guidelines. This time we called in two experts to speak on irrigation,” he said.

Irrigation, water supply, power generation and corruption were highlighted as the top subjects on the Sena agenda.

According to sources, he will be admitted to Lilavati hospital next week and is due to undergo an angioplasty procedure where he might have two blockages in his heart fixed. He had undergone an angioplasty procedure in July as well.

Uddhav also said that everyone’s prayers would help his father recover and bring him back to active politics. The Sena patriarch is suffering from ailments of the lungs and pancreas and has been bed-ridden.

Bal Thackeray’s failing health has become a matter of concern for the party, especially after the Dussehra rally, where he virtually announced his retirement from public life in a recorded video address to the crowd, appealing to Sainiks to stand by his son Uddhav and grandson Aditya, who will succeed him.

Several family members including MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila, estranged son Jaidev Thackeray and his family and politician Chhagan Bhujbal went to meet the octogenarian on Thursday.

Changes in Sena hierarchy soon?
Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who addressed party legislators and MPs on Friday, hinted at changes in the party hierarchy, sources said. He also announced his state-wide tour that will begin in January 2013.

“He told us we will have to work together and we will have to abide by the changes he will make by putting capable people in top positions. The idea is to have a strong second rung of leaders ready who will be given specific positions,” said Ravindra Waikar, a legislator from Mumbai. Thackeray said this ahead of the 2014 elections, where he has asked his men to reach a figure of 100 seats. - HTC, mumbai