Congress leader stopped from meeting Karnataka MLA in hospital

Congress leader Yashomati Thakur created a ruckus on Friday after she was stopped from meeting Shrimant Patil, the party’s MLA from Karnataka, who is admitted to the State-run St. George’s Hospital.

Mr. Patil had complained of chest pain and is admitted to the VIP room on the ground floor. As the hospital does not have a cardiac care facility or specialist, Ms. Thakur questioned the line of treatment that was being provided to the MLA.

“I am secretary in-charge of Karnataka. I helped this man win the election, and naturally, I wanted to see the condition of our party MLA since he has come to Mumbai complaining of chest pain. But I was not allowed to meet him,” Ms. Thakur, an MLA from Amravati, said.

“I was ready to take him to a better hospital. But his son, who was outside the ward, did not let me in. I met the dean and superintendent, but the police did not allow me to go further,” she told The Hindu.

Ms. Thakur said the MLA and his son used to call her seeking ministerial berth. “Now they are not even allowing me to meet him. Of course there was a heated exchange,” she said. In a video circulated on social media, Ms. Thakur can be seen accusing the doctors and police officials of shielding Mr. Patil.

The hospital authorities remained mum about Mr. Patil’s medical condition. A source from the hospital said cardiac specialists were called to examine the MLA. Medical superintendent Dr. Madhukar Gaikwad and Dr. Ajay Chandanwale, dean of JJ Group of Hospital of which St. George’s is a part, were unavailable for comment.

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