Gad­kari faints at Ahmed­na­gar event, later says I am ok

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Nation - Pradip Ku­mar Maitra pradip­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

NAG­PUR:Union min­is­ter for trans­port, ship­ping and wa­ter re­sources Nitin Gad­kari fainted dur­ing a func­tion in Ahmed­na­gar on Fri­day af­ter­noon and he was brought to Nag­pur by a spe­cial plane in the evening.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the air­port, he said he was feel­ing bet­ter and would take rest. “I was feel­ing un­easy be­cause of scorch­ing sun­light. My blood pres­sure and sugar are nor­mal. I was at­tended to by doc­tors and I am now do­ing well. I am ok now. Noth­ing to worry. Go­ing home and would take rest. I thank you all for your wishes,” he said.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened when he was stand­ing with other dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­er­nor C Vidyasagar Rao, for the Na­tional An­them at the con­vo­ca­tion func­tion of the Ma­hatma Phule Kr­ishi Vidyapeeth Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity at Rahuri in Ahmed­na­gar.

Sud­denly, he started feel­ing un­easy, lost his bal­ance and col­lapsed on the dais. Rao and some oth­ers im­me­di­ately re­acted to pre­vent him from fall­ing. He was taken to a gov­ern­ment guest house and ex­am­ined by a team of doc­tors.

A di­a­betic, Gad­kari’s con­di­tion was “sta­ble”, said Atul Man­dekar, of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty.

Gad­kari also said he would un­dergo a com­plete check-up at a pri­vate nurs­ing home in Nag­pur on Satur­day. Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ter for en­ergy, Chan­drasekhar Bawankule, who was at Nag­pur air­port to re­ceive him, said Gad­kari’s hec­tic sched­ule in pub­lic life might have taken a toll on his health.

Gad­kari, who han­dles three key port­fo­lios, is known to main­tain a strin­gent over-15-hour sched­ule — start­ing 8 am and his work­ing day con­tin­ues well past mid­night.

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