September 9, 2008

Jyoti Basu responding to treatment

KOLKATA, 9 SEP.: Former chief minister and CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu's condition remained stable on Monday. Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who went to visit him, said he was in good form. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, finance minister Asim Dasgupta and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose, transport minister Subhas Chakraborty and his wife Ramala went to visit Basu today.

A CT scan was done later on Monday night to assess the condition of blood clots. "He is in very good form and responding very well to the treatment being provided here. He talked about international and national matters. His sense of good humour remains," Gandhi said after coming out of the hospital. He wouldn't clarify whether Basu raised the Singur issue during their meet.

S Upadhyay, senior vicepresident, AMRI Hospitals, said Basu had slept well. "His other parameters are under control," Upadhyay said. A 10-member medical board has been formed to evaluate his condition. On Tuesday morning, members of the board will meet to evaluate the nonagenarian's condition. (abriged)

9 Sep 2008, 0523 hrs IST

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