Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was rushed to the city from Kolhapur yesterday after he experienced sudden weakness and exhaustion. He was addressing a conference of local body leaders when he felt breathlessness and tiredness.
Immediately, he was helped to step down by aides and later taken to a helicopter, which flew him to Pune. Dr Ravi Bapat, who was called from Mumbai, said Pawar is suffering from cough and has slight bronchitis-like symptoms. He added that the NCP leader was fine and has been advised rest for the day.
According to doctors, Pawar is fine and as scheduled, he can even go to Bangalore (Monday) today. Sources say Pawar flew from Mumbai to Kolhapur to attend a couple of functions in Walva and Shirol. He was also to attend a function organised by Samajwadi Party leader Mulyam Singh Yadav.
Around 9.30 am, Pawar complained of restlessness following which the local doctors were consulted who advised that he be flown to Pune.
The Pune Air Traffic Control was informed about the situation and a chopper was arranged on an emergency basis. Around 12.30 pm Pawar landed in Pune at a private helipad on the University Road.
Former Standing Committee Chairman Baburao Chandere who was present at the private helipad at that moment said, “Until the reporters informed me about it, I was completely unaware that Saheb had cancelled his programme in Kolhapur due to health issue. I saw Saheb getting off the chopper and walk towards his car. He is now resting at his Modibaug residence in Shivajinagar.”