Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Boromaa (centre) in a file photo.
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Barasat: Binapani Thakur, the head of Matua Mahasangha, who is more popular as Boromaa, is in hospital.

Boromaa, who is nearly 100-year-old, has been suffering from age-related ailments for the last few months. She recently got afflicted with pneumonia.

As Boromaa’s condition deteriorated, her family admitted her to the JNM Hospital at Kalyani in Nadia late yesterday (28 February). The Centre-run hospital has formed an 11-member medical board for her treatment.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee and food supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick paid a visit to Boromaa at the hospital today. Mullick told reporters that she is better than yesterday.

Mamatabala Thakur, the daughter-in-law of Boromaa, is a Trinamool Lok Sabha MP. She spent last night at the hospital to oversee the treatment.

Doctors at JNM Hospital said that apart from pneumonia, deposition of cough has led to congestion in the lungs of the Matua Mahasangha chief.

Given her age and fragile health, the medical board is proceeding with the utmost care.

Matua Mahasangha, which happens to be a socio-religious organisation of Dalit Hindu Bengali immigrants from erstwhile East Bengal, has immense influence over its followers spread over Bengal, Assam, and Tripura.

Owing to this, both the Trinamool and the BJP are competing with each other to gain its backing in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself called on Boromaa at her residence at Thakurnagar in North 24-Parganas on 2 February to seek her “blessings.”

Mamata Banerjee, on the other hand, has laid foundation stone for a university named after the founding fathers of Matua Mahasangha.