Former WB CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hospitalised

Former WB CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hospitalised

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was admitted to a private hospital here in a critical condition on Friday.

The 75-year-old CPI(M) stalwart was rushed to the hospital after he complained of acute breathlessness.

According to sources at the Woodlands Hospital, Bhattacharjee was brought at around 8 pm. Along with breathlessness, he was suffering from very low blood pressure.

An official of the hospital said that a five-member medical board has been set up to monitor the treatment of the former chief minister. “His condition has improved a bit compared to when he was brought here,” the official said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the hospital to check on her predecessor, said, "Initially when he was admitted his condition was rather worrying. But it has improved over time.”

Senior CPI(M) leaders such as Surjya Kanta Mishra visited the hospital.

The former chief minister has been suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years and rarely makes a public appearance.

"Bhattacharjee was brought to our hospital after 8 PM. His condition seems to be quite serious. We are treating him at the ITU," the official told PTI.

The official also informed that the former CM had been losing vision as well.

Serving as West Bengal CM from 2000 till 2011,  he stepped down from the CPI(M)'s politburo, central committee and state secretariat due to ill health in 2018.

Bhattacharjee's last public appearance was in Brigade Parade Ground, here, during the party's mega rally on February 3.


(With inputs from PTI)