Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s hospitalization triggered a family reunion in the Thackeray clan. Cutting short his two-day party conclave in Alibaug, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray drove to Lilavati Hospital in Bandra Reclamation, to be at his cousin’s bedside. Later in the evening, he drove Uddhav home in a silver Mercedes.
Uddhav was in hospital for a coronary angiography, a procedure to diagnose the extent of heart disease in a person.
Sources in Matoshree, which is Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s home, and Lilavati Hospital claimed that Uddhav had multiple blockages in his heart and would need to either undergo an angioplasty or a bypass surgery at the earliest.
A final decision on whether Uddhav, who turns 52 years old on July 26, will undergo a bypass surgery or opt for angioplasty will be taken by the family. It is learnt that Uddhav had gone to Lilavati Hospital on Thursday for a stress test but the results were not satisfactory.
The two estranged Thackeray cousins met face to face for the first time in six years. In 2009, Raj Thackeray had walked out of Matoshree and launched the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Uddhav’s wife Rashmi, Raj’s wife Sharmila and Raj’s mother were among the close relatives who were with the Sena chief, it is learnt.