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Kejriwal down with severe bronchitis, told to rest

india Updated: Jan 23, 2014 09:04 IST
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who led a two-day sit-in, was discharged after being hospitalised for a short while on Wednesday. He was admitted to Yashoda hospital near his residence in Kaushambi early in the day. He underwent a CT scan after he was diagnosed with severe chest congestion.

Kejriwal, who slept in the open during his protest on Monday night, called off the stir on Tuesday evening. The protest, however, ended only after a 33-hour standoff between cops and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters outside Rail Bhavan in the high-security Raisina Hill area.

The Delhi CM was suffering from acute bronchitis and had fever at night, sources at Yashoda Hospital said. Kejriwal has been suffering from severe cough for the past several days.

"Kejriwal has been diagnosed will allergic bronchitis, which was found in an aggravated state. We have suggested him at least seven days of rest, since he also had fever," said Dr Sunil Dagar, GM, operations at the hospital.

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The AAP leader abruptly called off his dramatic dharna, which was threatening to turn violent and disrupt Republic Day celebrations, on Tuesday following the intervention of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung after two policemen were sent on leave.

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The Delhi Police, meanwhile, have registered an FIR against AAP protesters who demonstrated outside Rail Bhavan in the Capital. The FIR has been filed against unknown persons. Kejriwal, who had led the demonstration, has not been named in the FIR.

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has sought action against Arvind Kejriwal. "After the anarchist conduct of Delhi's CM there is a compelling need for a judicial verdict on legal sanctity of a Constitutional oath," she tweeted.

The L-G on partially agreed to the demands raised by the AAP, Kejriwal told cheering supporters after dark on Tuesday.

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"The L-G said two police officials whose suspension we had demanded are being sent on leave pending a judicial inquiry into the matter of negligence. Let's end the protest here today. It is a victory of the people of Delhi," a seemingly weak Kejriwal had announced.

Kejriwal had called a 10-day protest on Monday, demanding action against police officials who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring in south Delhi on the orders of law minister Somnath Bharti.

He also wanted action against Delhi Police officials after a 51-year-old Danish woman was gang-raped in central Delhi on Tuesday last week.

Read: Is Arvind Kejriwal banking on Congress pulling out?

However, the L-G said in a letter to the CM that the police officials would only be sent on leave and not suspended.

He, however, failed to secure his main demand that the city's police force be put under his government's control. The central government refused to agree because of Delhi's status as the national capital.

"We will continue our efforts to make Delhi Police accountable," he said in his address on Tuesday.

On Monday, Shinde had ruled out transferring control of Delhi Police to the state government. "It is the national capital. That isn't possible."