Minister Girish Bapat to undergo bypass surgery

Mumbai : Minister for food and civil supplies Girish Bapat is scheduled to undergo bypass surgery after he was diagnosed with heart vessel blockage.

Bapat, who did not have any health complaint, went for a routine check-up at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital at Pune on Saturday and was diagnosed with heart vessel blockage after a stress test and coronary angiography, medical director of the hospital Dr Dhananjay Kelkar has said.

“As a preventive measure, he is scheduled for a bypass surgery on Monday (July 6),” Dr Kelkar said in a medical bulletin.

Bapat, who also handles the parliamentary affairs portfolio, has asked all his friends, well wishers and party workers not to visit him for next one week to allow him to rest for speedy recovery.

Monsoon session of the assembly is scheduled to begin on July 13. After several charges have been leveled against various ministers and the upbeat opposition has threatened to stall the proceedings of the house over farmers’ issue, the role of the parliamentary affairs minister would be crucial for the session.

As minister for food and civil supplies, Bapat had suspended seven officials in Nashik district over corruption charges during the last session. But, the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) revoked the order and reinstated all the officials. This issue too is expected to be taken up during the session.

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