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16 November 2012
statesman news service
MUMBAI, 16 NOV: With the health of Shiv Sena chief Mr Bal Thackeray showing signs of improvement, the commercial and financial capital too returned to business as usual on Friday.
The party spokesman and executive editor of Saamna, Mr Sanjay Raut, told reporters in the evening: “Our prayers are being answered. Balasaheb is recovering and may soon appear before you. It is Shiv Sainiks’ faith and prayers behind this miraculous improvement in his health,” he added.
A team of experts from Leelavati hospital is constantly monitoring his health even as hundred of Shiv Sena workers from across Maharashtra are virtually camping outside the Thackerays’ Matoshree bungalow in Bandra (East). They have been insisting that they would not leave unless they see Mr Thackeray waving from the balcony attached to his room. “We want darshan” is the only chant one hears outside Matoshree.
The Sena chief was first admitted to Leelavati for breathing problem in July this year. The same doctors who treated him then are now attending on him, sources said. Many politicians, cinema personalities and business tycoons have visisted Matoshree but no one was permitted inside his room since doctors do not want him to be disturbed. The only exception to this has been his two close friends Amitabh Bachchan and Mr Sharad Pawar.
The NCP president, following his visit said “I was at total loss of words when I saw him there.” Mr Pawar, although a political rival, has a unique relationship with the Shiv Sena chief. To many outside Matoshree, Mr Pawar appeared visibly moved; almost speechless.
Veteran actor Amitabh too was moved as he emerged from his friend's home. He told reporters, and later wrote on Twitter: “Balasaheb is a fighter and I am sure this battle too he will win.”
Meanwhile, Mumbai returned to normal on Friday. The suburban trains, offices and business district of south Mumbai were buzzing with daily activities. Shops and commercial establishments in Dadar, Girgaum, Parel, lalbaug, Matunga and Sion reopened today after yesterday's voluntary shut down. However, police have not relaxed the vigil across the city and suburbs. Muslims offered a massive Namaaz outside the main masjid near Bandra station for Mr Thackeray's speedy recovery.