The nine-day sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s house by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have taken its toll on his health. Kejriwal, who ended his protest on Tuesday, is reported to be unwell, which prompted him to cancel all his scheduled meetings on Wednesday.
Kejriwal is believed to be suffering from high sugar levels for the past few days. A report by IANS said that the Delhi chief minister will leave for Bengaluru today (21 June) to undergo a 10-day naturopathy treatment for diabetes.
He’s been to the naturopathy centre in the Karnataka capital on few occasions in the past after he assumed the office of the Delhi chief minister. However, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters that Kejriwal’s trip was already planned.
He said, “His trip was already planned. He was to go to Bengaluru, but the unplanned sit-in came in between. So he will go now.”
Kejriwal and his three other ministers had staged a nine-day protest at Baijal’s office-cum-residence demanding his intervention to end the alleged strike by the civil servants in his government. The IAS officers have now reportedly returned to work as they attended work at the secretariat.
The IAS officers, for their part, had written an open letter to Kejriwal asking him to ensure their safety in light of the reported attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February this year. The letter said, “We believe that you (CM) will appreciate, disagreement by an officer on any policy matter with the minister/CM should not be construed as a wilful opposition of policies of the government.”
It went on to add, “We now look forward to meeting you to discuss how to make our working environment safe and secure, not only in relation to physical assaults but also for verbal assaults, threats, intimidation and attack on dignity and respect of officers/officials including lady officers/officials.”
Kejriwal too had tweeted saying the officers were part of his family and he will ensure that they worked in a safe environment.