AAP minister Satyendar Jain hospitalised as hungerstrike at Delhi L-G’s office continues

New Delhi: During the AAP leader’s hunger strike, Delhi minister Satyendar Jain was hospitalised late Sunday after his health deteriorated at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office, Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter.

Jain, who holds six portfolios in the Delhi cabinet, was rushed to LNJP Hospital after he complained of headache, nausea, and breathing problems, Dr. JS Passey was quoted by ANI as saying.

“After watching his ketone report, we decided to admit him to hospital. His blood pressure is normal now. He is having some breathing issues, but stable,” Dr. Passey said.

Kejriwal, Jain, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, and development minister Gopal Rai have camped at Baijal’s office since June 11, refusing to leave until the L-G makes IAS officers end an alleged strike. Sisodia is on a hunger strike too.

AAP leaders accompanied by thousands of party workers on Sunday marched towards the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday in support of their ministers’ protest. The marchers walked from Mandi House in central Delhi before being stopped by police near the Parliament Street police station.

Urging city bureaucrats to attend meetings called by ministers, Kejriwal said that he would ensure the safety and security of officers “with all powers available at his command”.

“It is my duty… the officers are a part of my family. I would urge them to stop boycott of elected government, return to work and start attending all meetings of ministers, respond to their calls and messages and join them for field inspections. They should work without fear or pressure. They should not come under any pressure from any sources, whether state or central government or any political party,” Kejriwal said in a statement, his first such on the ongoing stand-off between the government and bureaucracy.

The CM’s statement came in response to safety concerns flagged by the IAS Association at a press conference on Sunday. Denying that they were on strike, the IAS officers said there was an atmosphere of “fear” and “mistrust” in the bureaucracy in the national capital.