New Delhi/Mumbai: NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday scotched rumours of his health, saying he was perfectly fine and visiting agriculture research institutes in Karnataka.
Pawar visited the Cardamom Research Centre in Madikeri in Karnataka and reviewed his functioning as rumours swirled about his ill-health.
"I am perfectly fine. I am in Karnataka visiting ICAR institutes," he said.
In Mumbai, the Maharahstra unit of the NCP issued a statement saying Pawar was in good health and urged people to ignore the rumours.
"Rumours are being spread since yesterday afternoon about Pawar saheb`s health. These are getting publicity in various media," Maharastra NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said in a statement.
"Pawar saheb`s health is fine. He is in Karnataka, as per his schedule and would be attending all programmes, fixed earlier. NCP state president Madhukar Pichad has asked people in the state should not believe in rumours," Tapase said, in a statement here.
Pawar`s office in Delhi said he was on a tour of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-affliated institutes in Karnataka, is scheduled to return to Delhi on Saturday.
On Sunday, Pawar had taken ill at a public function at Kolhapur in Maharashtra and had to be air-lifted to Pune.