"We are hopeful. You be hopeful. Let's pray." This is what Bal Thackeray's [ Images ] son Uddhav said to people who assembled outside the ailing Shiv Sena [ Images ] patriarch's residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra past midnight.
"Balasaheb has a strong willpower. We'll come out from the problem. Don't trust rumours. Make peace," Uddhav, accompanied by son Aditya, said.
Later, Uddhav -- through a senior party colleague -- issued an appeal to all party activists to "remain calm" and said treatment was continuing on the ailing leader.
Doctors treating the Sena leader had said that 86-year-old Thackeray was in a "very critical" condition and on life support system.