Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (BPNS)
Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Kerala, Oomen Chandy who has been ailing for a few months were airlifted to Bengaluru on Sunday. His wife, Mariamma Oomen, son Chandy Oomen and daughters Maria and Achu accompanied him on the special chartered flight.
Chandy who had undergone laser surgery for a throat ailment at a hospital in Germany was under treatment at a multi-specialty hospital in Bengaluru and had later returned back to Thiruvananthapuram.
However, there were reports in the past few days that his family was not taking care of his health properly and later he was taken to a private hospital in Neyyatinakara near here for treatment of pneumonia. After a few days of treatment at the private hospital, Chandy improved his health condition and on Sunday he was airlifted to Bengaluru.
Oomen Chandy told media persons on his way to the airport denied reports that had appeared in a section of the media that his family had delayed his treatment.
Chandy before boarding the flight said, “ I don’t know how such reports have come stating that my family delayed my treatment. This pained me and my family members.”
The former Chief Minister was airlifted to Bengaluru in a special chartered flight provided by the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Party general secretary, K.C. Venugopal had met the former Chief Minister at the hospital and conveyed the party’s decision to provide all the treatment to Chandy as also the chartered flight to airlift him to Bengaluru.
It may be noted that a controversy erupted after Oomen Chandy’s younger brother Alex Chandy and some other relatives had written a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking his intervention to provide treatment to the former Chief Minister.
The former Chief Minister was not keeping well since 2019 and his throat ailment had aggravated. He was taken to Germany for treatment in a multi-specialty hospital and recently he had undergone treatment at a cancer hospital in Bengaluru. Chandy returned to Thiruvananthapuram but did not come back to the hospital and this triggered speculation when his brother and other close relatives wrote a letter to Pinarayi Vijayan, it was picked up by a section of the media.
Oomen Chandy’s close aide and senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament from Chalakkudy, Benny Behanan also accompanied the ailing Chief Minister.