Chennai: Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, admitted to a private hospital here, continues to be critical and under observation, hospital authorities said on Wednesday.

"The minister's condition is still critical and continues to be under observation. Doctors are attending on him," an official at the Global Hospital said refusing to divulge more information on the status of the 67-year-old Congress leader from Maharashtra.

The minister's family members would give an update on his health condition through the social media Facebook and Twitter, the official added.

"Deshmukh's condition continues to be critical like it was on Tuesday. While his family has refused to issue a medical bulletin, they have said that the health condition would be announced through social media in due course of time," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Liver specialist Mohammed Rela is attending to the former Maharashtra Chief Minister.

Earlier, the hospital spokesperson had said that the union minister was in a stable condition and required to be under observation for two days.

A two-time former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Deshmukh, who underwent a brief treatment in a Mumbai hospital, was shifted here for a possible liver transplant.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said in Mumbai that the condition of Deshmukh was stable.

Chavan said he spoke to Deshmukh's son and MLA Amit this afternoon to inquire about the veteran Congressman's health.

"I had decided to leave for Chennai to meet him. But, family members said his health is stable and nobody is allowed to meet him. Hence, I dropped my plan after consultations with the family members," Chavan said.


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