Former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru Sunday due to an acute respiratory infection.
According to a statement by the Manipal Hospital, Krishna, 90, was “on minimal respiratory support and in a cheerful frame of mind”.
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, who met Krishna at the hospital, said that he was shifted from Vydehi Hospital, where he was being treated for a fever, to Manipal Hospital at around 2 am owing to breathing complications.
“His breathing has returned to normal. Now he is totally stable and recovering,” Bommai said. He will be monitored at the hospital for the next two to three days before being discharged, Bommai added.
Krishna was the 16th chief minister of Karnataka, between 1999 and 2004, and later went on to serve as the Union external affairs minister in UPA-II from 2009 to 2012. He was also the governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.
Krishna moved from the Congress to the BJP in 2017 and has been with the party since then.
Former chief minister and member of the BJP parliamentary board committee B S Yediyurappa met Krishna at the hospital and enquired about his health. Karnataka Opposition leader and another former chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted wishing Krishna a speedy recovery.