Gad­kari faints on stage at Ahmed­na­gar event

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - Pradip Ku­mar Maitra

NAG­PUR: Union minister for trans­port, ship­ping and wa­ter re­sources Nitin Gad­kari fainted dur­ing a func­tion in Ahmed­na­gar on Fri­day af­ter­noon. He was ex­am­ined by a team of doc­tors present at the venue. Later, he vis­ited the Saibaba tem­ple at Shirdi and flew to his home town Nag­pur, land­ing there at 4.30pm.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the air­port, Gad­kari 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.

Gad­kari, 61, got dizzy and al­most col­lapsed while the na­tional an­them was play­ing dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the Ma­hatma Phule Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity at Rahuri in Ahmed­na­gar. Ma­ha­rash­tra Gover­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and oth­ers on dais caught hold of him be­fore he was about to fall. The in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter Gad­kari ad­dressed the au­di­ence at the cer­e­mony.

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.

PRES­I­DENT, PM, BJP CHIEF CALLS GAD­KARI

“Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi and BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah per­son­ally called Gad­kari and en­quired about his health,” said Sud­hir Deul­gaonkar, his per­sonal sec­re­tary for the past 20 years.

PLEASE TAKE CARE, TWEETS PAWAR

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said as he has asked Gad­kari to take care of his health. “Some­times hard work takes a toll on health! @nit­in_­gad­kari ji please take care. I wish you a very good health!!” Pawar tweeted.

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