PM Modi Phones CM Siddaramaiah to Pep Him up
Bengaluru: When chief minister Siddaramaiah got the information of the hospitalization of his elder son Rakesh in Belgium while on a visit, as reported already, he is said to have sought the good offices of Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for immediate medical attention.
She responded favourably by calling up the Indian diplomatic corps in Brussels and ensured all attention.
Siddaramaiah had to contend with the local issues like transport staff strike. He first sent MLC Bhairati Suresh to Belgium. Soon the family physician Dr Ravi and daughter-in-law also proceeded to Brussels.
Sushma reportedly also ensured that passport and Belgian visas were made available to CM’s wife Parvati on an emergency basis by Thursday.
Prime minister Modi, in the meantime, came to know of the developments. He too called up Siddaramaiah and assured him of all help in the matter. Enquiring after the health of his son, he wished him speedy recovery.
The CM’s passport was also kept ready. The PM’s call is said to have boosted his morale and he is said to have expressed his appreciation and gratitude, said sources close to the CM’s office. He left for Belgium in the early hours of Thursday.
The sources also said that Rakesh had been responding well to the treatment. The doctors at Brussels had suggested that he be shifted to Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore. But Dr Ravi has asked for the continuation of treatment in Brussels for the time being.
Rakesh is receiving attention from a special medical team, said the sources.