Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh remains in critical condition, doctors said Wednesday. According to a hospital official, Deshmukh, 67, is on life-support system. “The doctors have decided to keep him under observation before deciding on liver transplant surgery,” he said. The hospital said Deshmukh had a serious liver ailment. Deshmukh was brought to the hospital here Monday evening from Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai in an air ambulance.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and over half a dozen cabinet ministers Wednesday called on the ailing union Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh in Chennai, an official here said. The ministers went to Chennai’s Global Hospital, where Deshmukh (67) is reported to be in a “critical” condition and on life-support system the past three days. Chavan, Pawar and other ministers spent nearly half an hour with Amit and Reitesh, sons of Vilasrao Deshmukh, and enquired after the leader’s health. Besides Chavan and Pawar, other ministers who visited Deshmuh were R.R. Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Balasaheb Thorat, Jayant Patil, Nitin Raut, Rajendra Darda, Satej Patil and Naseem Khan.
A majority of them have worked closely with Deshmukh during his two stints as Maharashtra chief minister in the past, the official said. They left for Chennai shortly after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting in Mumbai and are scheduled to return later in the evening, the official added. Later Wednesday evening, some television channels, quoting family sources, claimed a visible improvement in Deshmukh’s condition, but there was no official confirmation from the hospital authorities.