Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to take 10 days off from work for naturopathy treatment starting March 5, sources in the Aam Aadmi Party said on Tuesday. Kejriwal would leave for Bangalore a day after the party's national executive meeting on Wednesday, the sources added.
Kejriwal's deputy Manish Sisodia would take charge in the absence of the chief minister.
Forty-six-year-old Kejriwal has been suffering from high blood pressure and chest congestion.
"Arvind's sugar level has remained above 300 for the past 10 days. Doctors increased the insulin dose three-fold and intake of other medicines by up to two fold but despite that, cough has worsened and sugar levels continued to remain on the higher side," sources close to Kejriwal said.
"The cough worsened during the hectic Delhi election campaign. He suffers from chronic allergic cough. The dust and pollutants he inhaled while addressing over 110 jan sabhas in the city made things worse," they added.
A Delhi cabinet meeting that was scheduled for next week would likely take place on Tuesday as Kejriwal would not be available for the next 10 days, the sources added.
The AAP convener's leave comes at a time the party is split between senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on the one hand and Kejriwal backers on the other.
In what is being viewed as a veiled attack on Kejriwal, Bhushan and Yadav have been quoted as questioning the party's "one person-centric" approach - in internal communications leaked to the media.