Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock and deep anguish over the passing away of Rakesh Siddaramaiah, son of the Karnataka Chief Minister. Extending her condolences to Siddaramaiah, Gandhi said that she and the entire Congress party stood with him and his family in this moment of loss.
Gandhi prayed for the peace of the departed soul and hoped that the almighty gives strength to the bereaved family. “My heartfelt condolences to Siddaramaiahji on the passing away of his son. My thoughts & prayers are with his family in this time of grief,” party vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Rakesh,39, died of multi-organ failure at a hospital in Belgium on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment at Antwerp University Hospital in Brussels, where he was rushed on Tuesday after he developed sudden pancreas-related complications.
Rakesh had fallen ill while touring Belgium his father Siddaramaiah rushed to Brussels. He had complained of severe stomach pain after which he was admitted to the hospital. He was undergoing treatment for acute pancreatitis. According to reports, his mortal remains will reach Bengaluru on Sunday.
On Friday, Siddaramaiah’s official Twitter handle @CMofKarnataka had tweeted, “CM Siddaramaiah’s son Rakesh fell ill while touring in Belgium. Hospitalised and getting better. CM’s family is in touch with the doctors.” The CM had gone to visit his son in Belgium on Thursday and monitored the situation while others family members arrived later.
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Rakesh had left for Belgium on July 21 with four friends. The Facebook profiles of some of his friends who were travelling with him reveal they were possibly headed for ‘Tomorrowland’, one of the world’s biggest electronic dance music festivals, held annually in Belgium.
The Karnataka CM had refused to divulge details about his son’s ailment. He had sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help to seek treatment of his son at a hospital in Belgium.