Mumbai:  Amid the reports of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s health condition deteriorating further, party’s working president Uddhav Thackeray has called a sudden meeting of party MPs and MLAs on Friday afternoon. The meeting is believed to be crucial in the backdrop of upcoming Winter Sessions of Parliament and Maharashtra Assembly.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief and Bal Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray met him on Thursday. The 86-year-old Sena patriarch has been ailing for some time and Raj is understood to have enquired about his health. This was Raj's fourth meeting with his uncle in four months.
        
At the Sena Dussehra rally here last week, ailing Bal Thackeray had virtually announced his retirement from public life and urged his followers to stand by son Uddhav and grandson Aditya.
    
"I have collapsed physically... I can't walk... I am tired," Thackeray had said in a video-recorded address to his supporters.

On Thursday, Maharashtra minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal also went to see ailing Thackeray to enquire about his health condition.

Bhujbal called a few hours after Raj and his wife Sharmila visited the Sena patriarch's residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra, Sena sources said.

"Learning about Balasaheb's ill-health, Bhujbal rushed to meet him," a source close to the Thackeray family said.

However, he could not speak to the Sena chief as the latter was asleep.

"Bhujbal met Uddhav Thackeray. They had a discussion for over 30 minutes," the source said.

Bhujbal, once a senior Sena leader, left in the 1990s to join Congress, and later joined NCP.

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