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CPI leader Bardhan’s condition turns ‘very critical’

A B Bardhan

New Delhi : The condition of veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital here following paralytic stroke last month, has become “very critical”, a senior party leader said today.

“Condition of Comrade Bardhan has worsened today. He was put off ventilator yesterday and was able to breath normally. But today, his blood pressure (level) fell and his condition has turned very critical now,” CPI national secretary D Raja said.

Raja added that doctors at the G B Pant hospital, where the 92-year-old leader is being treated since December 7, are making “best efforts” to see improvement in Bardhan’s health.

Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan has been a leading figure of the trade union movement and Left politics in Maharashtra. He had won as an Independent candidate in Maharashtra Assembly polls in 1957.

He later rose to become the General Secretary and then President of All India Trade Union Congress, the oldest trade union in India.

Bardhan had moved to Delhi politics in the 1990s and became the Deputy General Secretary of CPI. He succeeded Indrajit Gupta as the General Secretary of the party in 1996.

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