Pranab Mukherjee stable after accident

Pranab Mukherjee stable after accident
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 12 45 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 12 45 AM IST
New Delhi: External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, who was moved here, after being injured in a road accident in West Bengal, is “cheerful and stable”, according to a medical bulletin issued by doctors of the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital.
In a statement Mukherjee said: “I am well but doctors have advised me 48 hours rest. I hope to be back to work after that period.”
Mukherjee’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia has been cancelled. The minister was expected to meet Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and hold talks on enhancing bilateral ties.
Mukherjee suffered injuries when his car was hit by a truck while returning to Kolkata from Murshidabad. He was initially treated at Bethuadahari Primary Hospital and later shifted to Krishnanagar Hospital in West Bengal.
Mukherjee, 72, is among the more important ministers in the current government as he also heads a number of government committees that deal with economic and political issues. He heads seven different collections of empowered group of ministers (eGoMs), said a member of his personal staff. Key eGoMs under his chairmanship includes one on special economic zones.
Sanjiv Shankaran contributed to this story.
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 12 45 AM IST