Hours after he collapsed on stage during a function in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that there is nothing to worry.
Speaking to reporters during a meeting in the evening on Friday, 7 December, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that he fainted due to a lack of oxygen but reports have revealed that he is completely fine.
“Due lack of oxygen I fainted. Later I got my blood sugar and blood pressure checked and the reports were fine. I am better now and there is nothing to worry,” he said.
The 61-year-old Gadkari was attending convocation function of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) Agricultural University when he suddenly fainted.
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who was standing next to Gadkari, reacted quickly and prevented the Union Minister of Road Transport, Shipping and Highways from falling.
Other dignitaries presented on the dais rushed to Gadkari’s aid. Visuals on local Marathi news channel TV9 Marathi showed Gadkari seated on a chair and people offering water to him.
An ambulance was called and Gadkari was attended to by a team of doctors. Following medical attention at a hospital, Gadkari’s condition was described as “stable” by BJP colleagues.
Gadkari had addressed the ceremony and returned to his seat. He had stood up for the national anthem when he collapsed and stumbled.