According to a top hospital executive, Vilasrao Deshmukh’s condition is stable. “Yes, he is stable,” K Ravindranath, chairman and managing director of Global Hospitals, told reporters in a brief comment on the condition of the senior Congress leader from Maharashtra who was admitted to the hospital on Monday. Asked whether Deshmukh needs a liver transplant, he said “First he has to improve, and then we will think about it.” It was earlier reported that the former Maha CM was on life support.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and over half a dozen cabinet ministers on Wednesday called on the ailing union Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh in Chennai, according to an official. 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.