Grieving CM back at work; holds review meeting with BBMP officials

Grieving CM back at work; holds review meeting with BBMP officials

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-08-03 17:01 Bengaluru: Two days after his eldest son was laid to rest, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was back at work on Wednesday, chairing a meeting of BBMP officials at his home to assess the havoc caused by rain.Still reeling from the loss, the chief minister said he was finding it difficult to cope with the loss. No parent should ever face the tragedy of losing a child, he said.The CM also fondly recalled all the concern showed by people in the state and in Belgium when Rakesh fell ill.Siddaramaiah recalled that a Kannadiga family living in Brussels had volunteered help, including providing home-cooked food. The CM said he would always be grateful to Vijendra, a Bengalurean working in Brussels, and his wife.Siddaramaiah also thanked the thousands who gathered at the Exhibition Grounds in Mysuru to pay homage to Rakesh and politicians from the state.Recalling the CM’s concern for Bengaluru, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said that when he laid the wreath on the body and stood at a corner, Siddaramaiah called him and enquired about the flood situation. “Just 15 minutes before Rakesh was laid to rest, Siddaramaiah asked me about the steps taken to deal with the flood. I told him about the need for long-term measures.”HD Devegowda, who was unable to attend Rakesh’s funeral, wrote a letter to the CM and sent his condolence message.