Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday cancelled all his meetings after his blood sugar level reportedly shot up. Kejriwal ended his protest at the lieutenant governor’s residence on Tuesday evening after nine days. The chief minister was scheduled to hold a meeting with senior bureaucrats posted in Delhi, and the Aam Aadmi Party’s leader in Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
Kejriwal and three of his Cabinet ministers had camped at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office for a little over a week starting since June 11 to protest an alleged strike by IAS officers in Delhi and to urge him to get them to return to work. The AAP also accused the Prime Minister’s Office of orchestrating the alleged strike.
“He has a strict routine of an hour’s walk twice a day and balanced diet, which went for a toss because of the dharna, so his health worsened,” an unidentified Aam Aadmi Party official told NDTV. He is likely to return to work on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Secretariat was back to its routine on Wednesday. Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who had also participated in the sit-in, conducted two meetings that were attended by bureaucrats, reported News18.
The IAS officers denied that they were on strike, but said they had stopped attending meetings with ministers after two AAP legislators were accused of attacking Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at Kejriwal’s office in February. The AAP, however, rejected the assault allegations. The bureaucrats agreed to meet the chief minister after he assured them that he would ensure their safety and security “with all powers and resources available at my command”.
The government has asked Baijal to be present during these discussions since the bureaucracy is under his control.