Mnatralaya Times 26/09/2016
MUMBAI: A state minister, a Lok Sabha MP, a Rajya Sabha member and four other prominent netas met NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal over a span of just five days last week.
The visits could have been viewed as routine business for any high-profile politician but for the fact that Bhujbal has been under arrest since March over money laundering charges.
He was admitted to the hospital on September 17 with suspected dengue, which has now been ruled out. According to JJ dean Dr TP Lahane, the NCP strongman’s pulse is low and he is experiencing joint pains. Doctors fear he could develop cardiac problems.
Concerns over his health prompted city NCP chief Sachin Ahir and fellow leader Dilip Walse-Patil to check on him at the hospital on Tuesday. The next day, state women and child welfare minister Pankaja Munde of the BJP paid a visit, creating a stir in political circles. Munde and Bhujbal are among the state’s most prominent OBC leaders and their meeting sparked speculation about a potential grouping in the wake of the protests by the Maratha community. But the BJP later clarified that Munde’s visit had nothing to do with politics.Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule and and Rajya Sabha member Praful Patel, both from the NCP, called on Bhujbal on Saturday. Fellow party leader Nawab Malilk and former Congress MLA Madhu Chavan also met Bhujbal last week.