Mumbai: Ailing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on admitted his health was "not that good" but asserted he has not "completely collapsed" even as he dismissed reports that he was on ventilator support.
Thackeray(86), who has been suffering from breathing problems for some time, blamed a leading Marathi daily for spreading the "falsehood" that he was on a ventilator.
"I am not on a ventilator," the Sena supremo said in an editorial in party mouthpiece `Saamana`.
Warning those publishing misleading news about his being on ventilator, Thackeray said they should desist from such news.
Thackeray admitted his health was "not that good".
"However, I have not completely collapsed," he said. His remarks came in the wake of media reports about deterioration in his medical condition.
"So far, there has been no need of artificial respiration," he said. "The good wishes of lakhs of my Shiv Sainiks are my oxygen," he added.
The Sena chief said son Uddhav was looking after him. "Raj (nephew Raj Thackeray) also keeps coming regularly," he said.
Thackeray has been unwell for some time. Last month, he could not attend his party`s annual Dussehra rally here, but sought support for his son and grandson through a video recorded message.