The Republican Party of India (A) leader has been admitted to a private hospital in south Mumbai, he said.
In February, a video of Athawale with a Chinese diplomat and Buddhist monks chanting “Go corona, go corona” at a prayer meeting went viral on social media.
The video was reportedly shot at the Gateway of India here on February 20 during a prayer session to stop the spread of coronavirus in China.
Athawale (60) is a member of the Rajya Sabha and minister of state for social justice in the Narendra Modi-led ministry.
The minister is also a diabetic, an aide said.
Athawale on Monday attended an event in Mumbai to induct actress Payal Ghosh into the Republican Party of India (A).