Down but not out, says Sanjay Raut from hospital bed

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) Convalescing in hospital after an angioplasty for two blockages in an artery late on Monday night, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut appeared to be ready for the Maharashtra government formation battle on Tuesday.

Amid receiving visitors like Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar and MP Supriya Sule, and other leaders, Raut found time to tweet an immortal Hindi verse by renowned poet Sohanlal Dwivedi.”Lahron se dar kar, Nauka paar nahin hoti; Koshish karne walonki, Haar nahin hoti. Hum honge kaamyab, Zaroor honge”. (Those who fear the waves will never cross the waters; Those who keep trying, will succeed. We will definitely succeed).

At the height of the political drama in Maharashtra in which he is one of the key players, Raut, 57, was rushed to the Lilavati Hospital for an angiography on Monday evening.”Sanjay first underwent an angiography. Two blockages were detected in one of the arteries. Later in the night, an angioplasty was performed and he is recovering and stable now,” his brother Sunil Raut told the mediapersons.The procedure was carried out by well known cardiologist Ajit Menon, who had earlier treated the late Sena founder Bal Thackeray, and Raut is likely to be discharged in a day or so.

A senior Sena leader said that though Raut had been complaining of chest pain and had gone for a couple of checkups last fortnight, the recent spell of heavy political activity took its toll at a critical time.It was only at the insistence of Sena President Uddhav Thackeray that Raut, who is also the executive editor of the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, took some time off for himself and underwent the procedure on Monday.


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