Pray for Bal Thackeray: Uddhav Thackeray
Ailing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is in a critical state.
As the news of his health spread, hundreds of Shiv Sena activists gathered outside Matoshree, Thackeray's Mumbai home, since Wednesday night.
Some reports said he had been put on life support.
At 2am on Thursday, the 86-year-old's son, Uddhav, came out and said: "I have not lost hope. You too must not lose hope. All efforts are on. Please pray and maintain calm."
Actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek came to see Thackeray late on Wednesday night. Sanjay Dutt and his wife Manyata also came.
Earlier on Tuesday, dismissing reports of his serious health situation, Thackeray said urged people to 'throw out' Congress governments both from the Centre and the state of Maharashtra.
"Throw out Congress and drive away the darkness forever," Thackeray said in a statement published in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna'.
Thackeray made the comments a day after he dismissed reports that he was on ventilator support and said he has not collapsed completely.
He said his son and executive president of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray was looking after him while his nephew and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray "keeps coming regularly".