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SM Krishna, a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a former chief minister of Karnataka, was reportedly hospitalised to Bengaluru's Manipal hospital on Sunday with an acute respiratory tract infection.

Honorable former chief minister Shri S M Krishna is a patient at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru's airport road. His respiratory tract illness is severe. He is being treated by a multispecialty medical team led by Dr. Satyanarayana Mysore, HOD Pulmonology, and Dr. Sunil Karanth, HOD Intensive Care. He is in a good mood and only using minor respiratory assistance. Dr. Sudhakar, the health minister, is keeping an eye on his health, the hospital stated in a statement issued on Sunday.

Krishna served as the state's chief minister from 1999 to 2004, as the state's governor from 2004 to 2009, and then as the minister of foreign affairs from 2009 to 2012.

Krishna, who was born on May 1, 1932, graduated from Maharaja's College and earned a law degree from Government Law College in Bangalore before continuing his study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and subsequently George Washington University.