Thackeray health better, Mumbai back to normal

Mumbai was back to normal on Friday as the condition of ailing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray appeared to be "improving". As news spread that his BP and heartbeat were "normal", the crowd outside Matoshree began thinning.

Sena leaders told the media his health had "improved since yesterday" and he was responding to "treatment".

Celebrities and leaders continued to call on the Thackeray family.

Among the visitors were senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale, actors Hema Malini, Rakesh Roshan and Jitendra, Juhi Chawla and Vivek and Suresh Oberoi.

The security cover in place in areas adjoining Matoshree in Bandra since Thursday was also there.

Most offices and shops opened on Friday and there was regular traffic flow.

Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said in the evening: "There is good improvement in his health. The pulse, blood pressure and heart rate are normal.

"His condition is better than yesterday. Prayers are being offered for him across the state, he will recover."

A delegation of Sena leaders led by Diwakar Raote spoke to supporters gathered outside Matoshree, trying to assuage fears.

The supporters were shouting "Balasaheb darshan dya. (We want to see you)".

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister R R Patil reviewed on Friday law and order in the city and the state and Shiv Sena called a meeting of party corporators at Sena Bhavan on Saturday morning.

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