The mortal remains of Rakesh Siddaramaiah, elder son of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, was flown on Monday to Mysuru from Belgium. The cortege with the body was flown by Emirates Airlines to Bengaluru and it was taken to Mysuru in a special aircraft.
The flight EK 564 of the Emirates Airlines carrying reached Bengaluru at 9.10 am. Immigration formalities were completed before taking the body to Mysuru. The plane reached the city at around 10:30 am. Siddaramaiah, his wife Parvathi, their daughter-in-law and younger son Dr Yathindra accompanied the cortege.
Rakesh, 39, died of multi-organ failure on Saturday at Antwerp University Hospital in Brussels. Rakesh was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at the hospital where he was admitted after developing sudden health complications when he was on a personal trip to Europe with friends since July 21.
The Chief Minister’s family had appealed to the public, relatives and friends not to assemble at the Bengaluru airport.
SIX PLANES LAND AT MANDAKALLI
In all, six small planes landed at the Mandakalli Airport, with the first flight landing at 10:25 am. It carried the CM, his wife, and younger son Yathindra and a few relatives. The second flight carried the mortal remains of Rakesh Siddaramaiah and the next three flights carried family members and supporters. One more flight carrying relatives landed after some time.
All the flights were 10 to 15 seaters as the runway of Mandakalli Airport does not have the capacity to accommodate a large aircraft.
Soon after the aircraft landed at the airport, formalities were completed by the Airport Authority of India officials. Entry of public and supporters was banned inside the airport and more than 1,000 people had gathered outside the terminal. The body was shifted to a new carriage and it was redressed with a new suit and was draped in Mysore Silk.
The body was carried in a special Mazda vehicle that has a glass exterior. The vehicle was brought from Bengaluru and it reached the exhibition grounds via the Nanjangud Road. The cortege reached the exhibition grounds at around 12:55 pm where it was kept for public viewing.
As soon as the body was kept on a pedestal, Gurus from Kaginele Kanakaguru Peeta surrounded it and chanted mantras. An emotional Siddaramaiah greeted the VIPs and people who lined up to pay their last respects.
Siddaramaiah had earlier expressed gratitude to people, especially friends and well-wishers, for standing by him. “My pain is inexplicable and my loss is irreplaceable. Still, I am unable to hold back tears. I will be failing in my duty if I do not express gratitude to all the people, who stood by me in this hour of grief,” said Siddaramaiah in a message from Brussels before he left for India.
LAST RIGHTS AS PER HALU MUTT TRADITION
The last rights of Rakesh Siddaramaiah will be performed at the farmhouse owned by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at T Katoor on the H D Kote Road. The 8-acre farmhouse was the preferred choice of Rakesh to unwind from his hectic schedules.
Funeral ceremonies as per “Halu Mutt” tradition will be performed under the leadership of Kaginele Kanakaguru Peeta seers Niranjanananda Puri Swamy and Eashwarananda Swamy. The ceremonies will be completed by 4:30 pm.
Lok Sabha Opposition leader Mallikarjuna Kharge, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa, Karnataka Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa, former Union ministers Digvijay Singh, Oscar Fernandes, Veerappa Moily, Ministers R V Deshpande, Baasavaraja Rayareddy, M B Patil, Santhosh Lad, Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar, PWD and District-in charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, A Manju, D K Shivakumar, Ramesh Jarakiholi, Mahadevaprasad, T B Jayachandra, KPCC Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao, Vidhana Parishad Opposition leader K S Eshwarappa, former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, K J George, V Srinivas Prasad, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha and a host of dignitaries paid their last respects.