Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal jumped from one controversy to another as he arrived in Bengaluru on Thursday with images on local television channels of his car zipping through two toll gates without paying for passage.
The AAP chief — who was admitted to a naturopathy institute in the city to treat his chronic cough and diabetes — had left Delhi amid a swirl of talk over the party’s move to discipline ‘rebel’ leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.
The Congress, preparing to fight AAP in the Bengaluru civic elections this summer, was quick to criticise Kejriwal.
“He refused the special car we sent to receive him at the airport as per protocol, saying he is against VIP culture. In that case, he should have rejected all the perks that come with being a VIP. It's not a matter of a few hundred rupees, it’s about principle,” said transport minister Ramalinga Reddy.
But AAP spokesman Prithvi Reddi defended the CM, saying, “Arvind was travelling in my car. Those managing the booth said he was exempt from toll as he is a sitting CM. I didn't make those rules. Also, I paid toll on my way back after dropping him off at the institute.”
Kejriwal will remain at Jindal Naturecure Institute for 10 days, healers there said, adding that his treatment had already begun.
“He has uncontrolled sugar levels and cough. We have done the basic ECG; tomorrow we will do blood tests and a general health check,” said Dr Babina Nandakumar, adding that detoxification and naturopathy to eliminate toxins from his body were also conducted. “We have already started with the mud pack, eye pack, enema and some massage and steam therapy.”
“We have four senior doctors who will be taking care of him — an acupuncturist, physiotherapist and a yoga officer will also be there,” she added.
Kejriwal’s day will start at 5am and end at 9pm.
(With PTI inputs)