Fasting Andaman MP's health turn critical

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Port Blair, Feb 22 (UNI) The condition of Andaman and Nicoabr Islands MP Manoranjan Bhakta, who is on an indefinite hunger strike since February 19, has turned serious.

According to doctors of G B Pant Hospital here the condition of the 66-year old MP is critical.

Doctors attending him said fat present in Mr Bhakta's body has now started dissolving, which is clear from his urine samples.

However, the blood pressure reports were normal.

The Andaman and Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee will be holding an urgent meeting this afternoon at Port Blair and it is expected that the party leaders would decide to request Mr Bhakta to end his indefinite fast, considering his health conditions.

''His body temperature may go down any time. This is dangerous for the MP, who is not keeping well since months. We are very much concerned about his health,'' K Ganeshan, the Chief Spokesperson of ANTCC, told UNI today.

Meanwhile in a message last evening, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and other senior political leaders have urged Mr Bhakta to withdraw the fast to avoid any health complications.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration also visited the MP last night and met Mr Bhakta at Tiranga Park of Port Blair and requested him to give up his fast, but he did not relent.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal is expected to meet Mr Bhakta tomorrow afternoon in this regard.

''The MP is not ready to give up. As far we know him, he will continue till he gets proper reply from the government and local administration,'' Mr Ganeshan added.

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