"Laluji is fundamentally a healthy person, as can be seen from the intense campaigning he has done. Based on preliminary reports, we can now confirm that a cardiac surgery is needed," Dr Vijay D'Silva, Medical Director, Asian Heart Institute, said in a statement.
    
"A few reports are pending. The details of what kind of surgery is needed will be available to us only after these reports come in. We will issue another update by 7 pm," it added.
    
The 66-year-old leader was hospitalised at the Institute on Tuesday for a scheduled detailed medical evaluation.  He is currently under the supervision of AHI chief and renowned heart surgeon Ramakanta Panda.

Opposition leaders called on RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a hospital on Monday after the RJD-Congress-JD-U alliance won six of the 10 Bihar Assembly by-polls.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam, former Congress Minister Kripa Shankar Singh, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, Bihar Governor DY Patil, senior NCP leader Praful Patel and others enquired about the health of Lalu Prasad after he was admitted to the hospital.

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