Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has been diagnosed with gall bladder disease and will undergo surgery on March 31, his party announced today. The 80-year-old former Union Minister was a cancer survivor who underwent surgery in 2004 to treat his disease.
Mr Pawar had felt pain in his abdomen last evening and had undergone a checkup, during which doctors discovered stones in his gall bladder, according to NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik. Mr Malik tweeted that all of his shows have been cancelled until further notice.
“He’s on blood-thinning medicine, which he’s had to quit because of this crisis. On the 31st of March 2021, he will be admitted to the hospital for an endoscopy and surgery. As a result, until further notice, all of his services have been cancelled “According to a spokesperson for the NCP
Mr Pawar tweeted later that afternoon that Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had called him to inquire about his health.
In a Marathi reply to Mr Pawar’s tweet, Lata Mangehkar wished him well, saying that the “blessings of the people of Maharashtra and the country” were with him.
Mr Pawar’s illness has been diagnosed at a time when the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government, headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, is facing a major crisis. Along with the Shiv Sena and the Congress, the NCP is a member of this alliance. The 14-month-old government is grappling with the fallout from the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare, which has placed NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, the state Home Minister, in a bind.