Gad­kari faints on stage due to low su­gar, suf­fo­ca­tion

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UNION Minister Nitin Gad­kari had a health scare on Fri­day af­ter he fainted dur­ing a pub­lic event in Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Ahmed­na­gar dis­trict. The 61-year-old BJP leader fainted at the con­vo­ca­tion of the agri­cul­ture univer­sity at Rahuri while the na­tional an­them was be­ing sung.

He at­trib­uted the episode to low su­gar and low oxy­gen sup­ply to his body as he was wear­ing con­vo­ca­tion robes.

“I felt some suf­fo­ca­tion dur­ing the event. The pan­dal (at the venue) was air­tight. I was wear­ing the robes of the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony, that is why there was less oxy­gen. That is also why I fainted. My health is all right. (I have) no prob­lem of blood pres­sure or su­gar (now),” Gad­kari told me­dia.

Ear­lier, the minister had at­trib­uted the in­ci­dent to low su­gar in his body.

“Had slight med­i­cal con­di­tion due to low su­gar. I have been at­tended by doc­tors and I am do­ing well now. I thank all of you for all the well wishes,” Gad­kari had tweeted shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent.

A video grab of the event shows Ma­ha­rash­tra Gover­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who was stand­ing be­side him, sup­port­ing Gad­kari af­ter he fainted.

Gad­kari was ex­am­ined by a team of doc­tors present at the venue. His blood pres­sure was checked and he re­mained on his seat on stage for about 10 min­utes, af­ter which he walked to his ve­hi­cle. He vis­ited the Saibaba tem­ple at Shirdi and flew to his home town Nag­pur, land­ing there at 4.30 pm.

At Nag­pur air­port, Gad­kari said he had suf­fered ver­tigo (a sen­sa­tion of spin­ning dizzi­ness).

“I got a ver­tigo due to ex­treme heat and suf­fo­ca­tion dur­ing the pro­gramme. My blood pres­sure and blood su­gar are nor­mal. Be­cause of this in­ci­dent a lot party work­ers are wor­ried, but there is no need to worry. As per the doc­tor’s ad­vice, I will be un­der­go­ing cer­tain med­i­cal check ups,” he said.

Nag­pur BJP city chief Sud­hakar Ko­hale said Gad­kari will at­tend the Khas­dar San­skru­tik Ma­hot­sav at Nag­pur this evening as sched­uled.

Vi­jay Darda of Lok­mat group tweeted, “Just spoke to @nit­in_­gad­kari ji. Thank God, he is fine. He said when­ever he wears con­vo­ca­tion at­tire he feels dizzy. He also said it was suf­fo­cat­ing due to tightly closed pan­dal. His su­gar went low. Noth­ing to worry. He’s hale & hearty. May he be blessed with long & healthy life.”

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.

Mean­while, Gad­karis visit to Goa on De­cem­ber 10 has been can­celled, State Pub­lic Works Depart­ment Minister Sudin Dhava­likar said.

Gad­kari was sched­uled to in­au­gu­rate a bridge across Khan­de­par river in North Goa.

“I have re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Gad­karis of­fice that he has a meet­ing in the na­tional cap­i­tal on De­cem­ber 10. Also, due to his health con­di­tion, he will not be able to come to Goa,” Dhava­likar told PTI.

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