BJP’s bedridden MP being airlifted to Delhi for trust vote

July 21st, 2008 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

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Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) bed-ridden MP Harishchandra Chavan took off for New Delhi Monday evening in an air ambulance from Nashik town in Maharasthra to participate in the crucial trust vote of the Manmohan Singh government Tuesday. Chavan, in a splint and bandages, has been completely bedridden in a Nashik hospital for the past five weeks. A team of two doctors, including orthopaedic surgeon Prashant Patil accompanied him to the national capital.

Chavan was taken to Ojhar Airport near Nashik from where he was air-lifted in an ambulance flight late Monday evening, Patil told IANS.

On June 10, Chavan, 57, was seriously injured in a road accident while travelling from Nashik to Niphad. He was taken to a Nashik hospital with head injuries, a fractured right arm, and multiple fractures on right upper leg.

Following a missive from his party, Chavan was in two minds whether to make it to Delhi or not.

“I have not yet decided whether to go or not since the doctors have not yet given me their consent,” Chavan told IANS from his hospital bed last Friday.

Patil, his doctor at the Suyash Hospital, said Chavan was completely immobilized since he suffered multiple fractures in his right leg and had undergone several operations.

He was expected to remain immobilized for at least three more weeks, he explained.

The doctor opined that “shifting or moving Chavan now could cause problems to his condition. If that was possible, he would have been discharged”.

However, the BJP’s political compulsions at the centre took precedence over the Malegaon MP’s precarious health. Like his other ailing parliamentary colleagues, he finally decided to go to cast his vote in the trust vote to be held Tuesday evening.

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