Kolkata: Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who was admitted to a private hospital on Friday due to acute breathing problem, is stable now. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had rushed to the hospital yesterday, said, “He is in the ICCU; he is stable. We wish him early recovery. He was critical when I first saw him but he is recovering.”
Bhattacharjee’s systolic and diastolic pressures are now 120 and 70 respectively, the second being lower than normal. The head of Woodlands Hospital Saptarshi Basu said, “As compared to the condition in which he was admitted yesterday, he is stabler.”
Former Health Minister Surya Kanta Mishra and all other senior party leaders were present at the hospital last evening. Mohammed Selim, after meeting the ailing Bhattacharjee informed the press that the former chief minister expressed his wish to go home. “His condition is improving. The doctors are taking good care of him,” Selim said.
A medical team, as per sources, has been formed to ensure the best treatment is provided to the former chief minister, who was admitted to the hospital today evening. “He was admitted with the complaint of Respiratory distress”, said an official of the hospital.
Recently, Jagdeep Dhankar, West Bengal governor had wished Bhattacharjee good health while he paid him a visit at his home.
“A team of five doctors have been looking after him. His haemoglobin count is a little low, blood transfusion is required. But he has stabilised a bit”, said Rupali Basu from Woodland hospital. However, thereafter, information was received that he has been given a unit of blood. Selim said that Bhattacharjee’s health has improved after the blood transfusion.
The 75-year-old veteran CPI(M) leader is currently stable. “Mr Bhattacharjee’s condition has improved a lot. He is quite stable now. His parameters are better now,” a senior official of the hospital said.
Bhattacharjee was West Bengal chief minister from 2000 till 2011. He stepped down from the CPI(M) politburo, central committee and the state secretariat, due to ill health.
Bhattacharjee, post the CPI(M)’s defeat in the 2011 Assembly election, has tried to resurrect the party in the state.
The party’s mega rally at brigade parade ground on 3 February was Bhattacharjee’s last public appearance, but he had not got down from the car due to ill health.
Once a chain smoker, Bhattacharjee suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and has been not been keeping well for the last one year, hence he was staying indoors for a long time.
Sources say he hardly leaves home, an old 770-square foot two-room tenement on the Palm Avenue in southern Kolkata.
Bhattacharjee, the communist who tried to reverse the culture of all protest and no work that the CPI(M) had ushered in leads the life of a recluse these days. This was expected as, even in his prime, the rank and file of his party had revolted against him for challenging their ideology by trying to industrialise Bengal. Now that he is unwell, his party colleagues are paying him courteous visits, of course.