Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Sunday evening to meet ailing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal who has been undergoing treatment for chest congestion since Friday night. The PGI officials, who were on alert since morning anticipating Modi’s visit, were surprised as the PM came to the health institution at short notice.
At 6: 17pm, Modi’s cavalcade reached outside the VIP entrance of Nehru building. The PM spent around 15 minutes inside the respiratory intensive care unit and left at 6:35pm.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called on Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to enquire about his health at the PGIMER this evening, where the latter was convalescing from chest congestion and asthma attack,” an official statement from the chief minister’s officer (CMO) read.
“The Prime Minister stayed there almost for 20 minutes and conveyed his best wishes for Badal’s early recovery and good health.
Meanwhile, Badal during a brief conversation apprised Modi as how he was taken ill during a sangat darshan programme at a Nawanshahr village on Friday due to intense cold wave,” read the press release.
A doctor attending on the CM said, “He is fine and has been advised to take rest. There is a possibility that we might shift him from the respiratory unit tomorrow, but he will remain in PGI for some more days.”
“I came to know when his vehicles reached the entrance of PGI. It was a surprise,” said Dr AK Gupta, medical superintendent, PGIMER.
Earlier, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also paid visit to PGI, spending nearly 10 minutes with Badal and then moved to the ENT section for his routine check-up.