Delhi CM lost 4.5 kilogram: AAP; jail authorities dismiss claim

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Delhi CM lost 4.5 kilogram: AAP; jail authorities dismiss claim

Thursday, 04 April 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

After the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday claimed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lost 4.5 kg in jail and was not keeping well, the Tihar Jail authorities issued a statement countering the claim and said the Chief Minister’s weight is unchanged at 65kg. Tihar jail sources have provided Kejriwal’s weight since his arrival in the jail on April 1 while AAP claimed that the chief minister lost 4.5kgs since his arrest on March 21.

“Arvind Kejriwal ji is a severe diabetic. Despite health issues, he remained engaged 24 hours a day in the service of the country. Since his arrest, Kejriwal’s weight has decreased by 4.5 kg. This is very worrying. The BJP is putting his health at risk by putting him in jail,” Atishi wrote in a post in X. “If something happens to Arvind Kejriwal, not just the whole country, even God will not forgive them, she added.

When asked about Tihar authorities denying the claims about Kejriwal’s health, they said, “He has been in Tihar for a couple of days. We are talking about the time since he has been arrested by the ED. In ED custody, his sugar levels went down, which was a severe health risk.” However, the Tihar jail authorities, where Kejriwal is lodged till April 15, said his weight has been constant since his judicial custody began.

A senior Tihar jail official said the chief minister’s vitals are normal. Sources said on April 1, his weight was 65kg, sugar level 139 (RBS), and Blood Pressure (BP) was 120/82. On April 2, his weight remained 65kg whereas his sugar level found to 182 (RBS), and Blood pressure (BP) 121/83. On Wednesday, his weight remained 65kg, sugar level 140 (RBS), and blood pressure (BP) 116/82. Tihar jail authorities said, “Upon arrival on April 1, Kejriwal was examined by two doctors and all vitals were normal. Also, his weight is constant at 65 Kg, since his arrival in jail and till date. Home-cooked food is being provided as per court order. His vital statistics are normal.”

“Arvind Kejriwal ji is a severe diabetic. Despite health issues, he remained engaged 24 hours a day in the service of the country. Since his arrest, Kejriwal’s weight has decreased by 4.5 kg. This is very worrying. The BJP is putting his health at risk by putting him in jail,” she alleged in a post on X in Hindi. If something happens to Arvind Kejriwal, not just the whole country, even God will not forgive them, she added.

Later, at a press conference, the Delhi minister said, “Today, the Delhi High Court will hear a plea challenging his arrest by ED. After the court decides on it, we will seek legal help over his health situation.”

Alleging that Kejriwal has been put behind bars in a “false case”, Atishi said they are closely monitoring his health condition. “The whole country is watching. For a severely diabetic patient, if their sugar levels fall below 50 mg/dL, it is extremely worrying. While he was in ED custody, his sugar levels fell thrice, including one time when it came down to 46 mg/dL,” she said.

Atishi claimed that in the last 12 days, his weight has reduced by 4.5 kg, which poses a health risk. Addressing a press conference, AAP MLA Dilip Pandey reiterated Atishi’s claims and said it was on record that Kejriwal’s weight has gone down to 65 kg from 69.5 kg.

“He is a severe diabetic. Diabetes is not just one disease. It can also lead to other severe illnesses. In the last 12 days, his weight has gone down from 69.5 kg to 65 kg. This is on record. We want that there should not be any irresponsible behaviour regarding his health,” he said.

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