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Delhi water crisis: Atishi's indefinite hunger strike ended after hospitalisation

Giving an update on Atishi's health, the hospital's Medical Director Dr Suresh Kumar said her condition is stable, but she is in ICU.
Last Updated : 25 June 2024, 05:10 IST

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New Delhi: Delhi Water Minister Atishi's indefinite hunger strike to demand water for the national capital amid its ongoing scarcity came to an end after she was hospitalised due to her worsening health conditions in the early hours of Tuesday.

Atishi, who holds multiple portfolios in the Delhi government, was admitted to the emergency ICU at the Lok Nayak Hospital, and her condition is stable now.

Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva wished her good health and happiness, even as he said, "She should stop misleading the public."

Giving an update on Atishi's health, the hospital's Medical Director Dr Suresh Kumar said her condition is stable, but she is in ICU.

"She was advised hospitalisation last evening after her sugar levels declined and the presence of ketones was detected in her urine. She had declined hospitalisation. However, at midnight, as her condition deteriorated and she was drowsy, she was admitted. She is currently stable and in the ICU. Her blood tests are being done," the senior doctor said.

The doctor said she is being given water and is on intravenous therapy. Her sugar levels had declined to 36mg/dL.

Explaining the consequences of the sharp decline, Kumar said if a person's sugar level goes below 50 mg/dL, it can have serious consequences.

"Brain cells need glucose and if glucose does not reach them, it causes drowsiness and unconsciousness. If not given medical attention on time, a patient can go into a hypoglycemic coma. The fall in blood sugar levels can also lead to multiple organ failure. Hypoglycemia is a medical emergency for brain cells and other organs if not addressed in time," he added.

The normal sugar levels in the blood should be between 70 mg/dL and 100 mg/dL.

Atishi had begun her hunger strike on June 21.

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said the minister ended her indefinite fast after she was hospitalised.

At a press conference, Singh said Atishi's health deteriorated after being on fast for nearly five days and she was admitted to the LNJP Hospital around 3.45 am.

Atishi is now admitted to the ICU and tests are being conducted, so the indefinite hunger strike has been stopped, he said.

The AAP leader said all MPs of the party will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide Delhi with its rightful share of water from Haryana. The issue will also be raised by AAP and its political allies in Parliament, he added.

In the last three weeks, Haryana reduced Delhi's share of Yamuna water by 100 MGD. However, it has started increasing over the last two days and the shortfall is 90 MGD now, Singh said.

A post on 'X' from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's official handle said the people of the city "will definitely give a reply to the injustice that the BJP government is doing" to the national capital. The post has been made by his team.

"Delhi's Water Minister Atishi ji was on an indefinite hunger strike so that the people of Delhi could get their rightful share of water. She has been admitted to the hospital after her health deteriorated last night.

"Today, every Delhiite is worried about her health. The people of Delhi will definitely give a reply to the injustice that the BJP government is doing to Delhi. We all wish Atishi good health. Every Delhiite is with her in this satyagraha. Posted by: Team Arvind Kejriwal," the post in Hindi read.

Former DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who has levelled charges of assault against Kejriwal's aide Bibav Kumar, also wished Atishi a speedy recovery. She said the strength to go on a hunger strike comes only from the struggle on the ground and not from speaking lies.

"Atishiji, Gandhiji had named the sacred method of fasting as satyagraha. Satyagraha is always done with a true and pure heart. I fasted twice. Once for 10 days and once for 13 days. After my fast, a law was made in the country that child rapists should be given the death penalty."

"The path of struggle is very difficult. The strength to go on a hunger strike is gained only by struggling on the ground for many years. Not by saying lies and dirty things about others the whole day. I hope your health improves soon and you work for the people of Delhi," she said in a post on 'X' in Hindi.

Echoing similar sentiments, Sachdeva said the essence of satyagraha is to fight for the truth.

"We've been saying since June 21 that you cannot do satyagraha because you have no connection with the truth. From Mahatma Gandhi and Lala Lajpat Rai to Vinoba Bhave and Anna Hazare, satyagrahis fasted to reveal the truth, not to hide their administrative failures, as Atishi intended to do," he claimed.

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Published 25 June 2024, 05:10 IST

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