Ex-Assam CM Prafulla Mahanta’s health stable; at AIIMS for check-up, says aide



The health of former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who is currently undergoing a medical check-up in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, is stable, his close aide Dhruba Sarma confirmed on Friday.

Mahanta, 68, was flown by an air ambulance to AIIMS from here on Thursday evening, following health complications.

"He was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago for high blood pressure but is stable now. There has been no deterioration of his health, as reported by a section of the media. Yes, he had availed an air ambulance journey to Delhi for a medical check-up there. Various tests will be done at AIIMS, and his family is by his side. It might take four to five days before he returns to Guwahati," Sarma told correspondents on Friday.

He said that Mahanta was discharged from a private hospital here four days back after undergoing treatment.

Earlier in September last year, the two-time chief minister was hospitalised after complaining about high blood pressure.

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Mahanta is currently serving as an MLA from Barhampur Assembly constituency in central Assam's Nagaon district – a seat which he has won for five consecutive terms since 1991.

The veteran politician had led the regional party, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to power in 1985 and 1996 before losing to Congress in the 2001 Assembly election.

He was also the president of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) that spearheaded the Assam Agitation against illegal foreigners in the state, leading to the signing of the historic Assam Accord, of which he was a signatory.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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