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Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray critical, on life support
Mumbai: The health condition of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray turned "very critical" tonight and he was put on life-support system. Thackeray, 86, is in a "very critical" condition and he is on life support system, doctors treating the Sena leader told PTI. As the news spread, several party workers assembled outside his residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra, where security has been stepped up. Speaking outside the residence, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said early Thursday that "I have not lost hope. We are facing a crisis, we shall overcome," Uddhav stepped outside the Thackeray home 'Matoshri' briefly around 2am to address the massive crowd of anxious party activists who gathered there since late Wednesday. Accompanied by son Aditya, Uddhav appealed to the people to "remain calm and maintain peace" and ensure that the image of 'Matoshri' is not spoiled. "The team of doctors is continuing their efforts....Balasaheb's self-determination is very strong... We are facing a crisis, we shall overcome," Uddhav assured his supporters. MNS chief Raj Thackeray and close family members have reached Matoshree, where the Sena leader resides with his son Uddhav. A number of Shiv Sena MPs, legislators and senior leaders are also at Thackeray's residence. Police have set up barricades near Matoshree to streamline the flow of crowds. Thackeray, who is ailing for sometime, continues to be under constant medical supervision. A team of doctors stationed inside the house with nursing staff has been taking care of the Sena patriarch, who is having breathing problems. Last month, he could not attend his party's annual Dussehra rally in Mumbai, but addressed it through a video recorded message. Several leaders, including former President Pratibha Patil, have visited Thackeray's residence over the past few days to enquire about his health. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, considered close to the Thackeray family, and his actor-son Abhishek have also reached 'Matoshree' to enquire about the Sena leader's health. With inputs from PTI
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