With doctors advising Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to recuperate in the hospital and take complete bed rest, Punjab food and civil supplies minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon has been deputed to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is arriving here on Sunday to meet the visiting French President Francois Hollande.
Badal, who is suffering from cold-related problems, is undergoing treatment at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) since Friday night. Doctors have advised him to stay in the hospital for the next couple of days.
Badal will spend another day at Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU). According to doctors, he is perfectly fine but is being kept under observation. The CM was admitted to the PGI on Friday night after he caught a cold. He was rushed to RICU around 10.25 pm.
Dr D Dehra, head of the pulmonary department, said Badal is suffering from only chest congestion and all his other reports were normal. “Because of cold conditions, we have advised him to take rest for a day. We will keep him under observation on Sunday as well and then decide when to discharge him.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said, “The chief minister has been advised to take bed rest for the next couple of days in view of the chest congestion. He is responding well to the treatment.” His engagements for Sunday have been cancelled.
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal visited the PGI around 12.30 pm to meet his father and spent half an hour with him. Later, Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Punjab minister for rural development and panchayats Sikander Singh Maluka and SAD leader Sucha Singh Langah also visited the PGI, but were not allowed to meet Badal.
Earlier, Harcharan Bains, adviser on national affairs and media to the chief minister, said Badal fell ill after he spent hours in an open ground at Uraparh village in Nawanshahr, where he held a sangat darshan. Bains said the chief minister was taken to a private hospital in Nawanshahr before being shifted to the PGI.