Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's health deteriorates

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Mumbai, Nov 2: According to reports, health conditions of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has deteriorated on Friday, Nov 2. Sources said that Uddhav Thackeray, the Executive President of the Shiv Sena, called an urgent meeting in Mumbai of his party's state legislators and MPs.

A source close to Shiv Sena said that the meeting would focus on health of party chief. However, Uddhav maintained that it was a scheduled meeting of legislators before the winter session of the Lok Sabha and state Assembly.

The 86-year-old party patriarch has been unwell for sometime now.

At a Dussehra rally held in Mumbai last week, Bal Thackeray had addressed Sena workers via video and asked them to support his son Uddhav and grandson Aditya. "I have collapsed physically... I can't walk... I am tired," he had said.

Yesterday, the 86-year-old met his estranged nephew Raj Thakeray, who formed his own political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in 2006 after Uddhav was made the Sena chief. Raj reconciled with Uddhav and Bal Thackeray in July when Uddhav was hospitalised with heart problems. 

Political observers say that the recent bonhomie between Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray might be an indication that MNS would merge with Shiv Sena.

Shiv Sena was formed by Bal Thackeray in 1966. Shiv Sena is mostly restricted to Maharashtra and is yet to become a national party.

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