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Live: Bal Thackeray will give Shiv Sainiks 'Dharshan' soon, says Raut

5.40 pm: Bal Thackeray will give Shiv Sainiks 'Dharshan' soon

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut just gave the assembled crowds outside Mathoshree that Bal Thackeray was improving steadily, and expressed confidence that the Shiv Sena supremo would be able to give 'darshan' to the waiting Shiv Sainiks soon.

"Bal Thackeray is becoming stronger by the day because of the prayers of Shiv Sainiks Bal", said Raut, adding that he would return to good health shortly.

"This is the update at the moment. Even the doctors won't say anything more than what I said", he added.

4.09 pm: Shiv Sena asks people not to spread rumours

The SHiv Sena has stood by its statement that Bal Thackeray's health is improving, and asked people not to listen to or spread rumours. Senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi said, "Balasaheb is showing a lot of improvement and is recovering. Don't trust rumours and do not create panic", according to this report in the Hindustan Times.

3:00 pm: Ramdas Athavale says Bal Thackeray's condition is improving

RPI's Ramdas Athavale says he's been told by Uddhav Thackeray that his father's condition is steadily improving. Athavale says its due to the prayers and good wishes of supporters along with the Shiv Sena leader's will to live.

1:00 pm: Steady stream of visitors continues, Thackeray's health said to be stable

There's been no decrease in the number of visitors to the Thackerays residence in Bandra today. Apart from senior Shiv Sena leaders, personalities like yoga guru Baba Ramdev was among those to visit the ailing leader today.

Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi said that the party chief's health continues to be stable.

11:30 am: Will the Thackeray cousins kiss and make up?

With the deteriorating health of the Shiv Sena chief, some reports have indicated that a possible patch up between the estranged cousins, Raj and Uddhav, could be on the cards.

A report in the Hindustan Times says that some Shiv Sena leaders are considering the possibility of merging with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena before the next state elections.

However, an Indian Express columnist, points out that it is rather unlikely given the Raj Thackeray will not be willing to be anything but the leader of the merged entity, something Uddhav and existing party supporters may not be willing to stomach.

11:00 am: How Twitter and SMS helped Mumbai yesterday

Firstpost's Anant Rangaswami writes about the impact of SMS and Twitter on Mumbaikars yesterday helping them make informed decisions when rumours swirled about the condition of Bal Thackeray's health and the possible impact it could have. He has pointed out that the government could perhaps have issued SMS or Twitter alerts to keep people informed about the situation in the city.

Read the complete article here.

10:15 am: Thackeray's health remains stable, Mumbai returns to normal

The condition of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray continued to remain stable today.

In an update last night, Uddhav Thackeray stepped out of the Thackeray residence to appeal for calm among the assembled Shiv Sena workers.

The Sena chief's condition was said to be stable. PTI

“Since yesterday, Shiv Sena chief’s condition is stable. I had said yesterday and I will say again today, I have not given up hope. You too must not give up hope because we all are fighting soldiers of a fighting leader,” Uddhav said.

His son Aditya, chief of youth wing of Shiv Sena, was with him when Uddhav addressed the party workers.

“You all are praying for his recovery and I have full faith in your prayers,” Uddhav said.

“Whatever treatment is possible, is being given,” he said.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other prominent personalities from the field of politics, cinema and industry visited the Thackeray residence ‘Matoshree’ to enquire about the Sena supremo’s health.

Mumbai had largely come to a standstill as news of the Shiv Sena chief’s health spread and many commercial areas remained shut through the day. Transport services, especially public transport like autorickshaws and taxis returned to the streets today.

The condition of the 86-year-old Thackeray, who had been ailing since some time, worsened on Wednesday night but his condition is said to be stable since yesterday.

A large number of security personnel has been stationed outside the Thackerays residence in suburban Bandra to control the hundreds who have been visiting the location.