AAP reaches Tihar with insulin for Kejriwal

Stages protest when authorities deny permission; seeking sympathy on CM’s health, BJP jibes
Atishi, along with AAP workers, carries ‘insulin’ during a protest over alleged denial of insulin to the CM outside Tihar jail
Atishi, along with AAP workers, carries ‘insulin’ during a protest over alleged denial of insulin to the CM outside Tihar jail PTI photo

NEW DELHI: Carrying vials of insulin, AAP leaders and workers on Sunday reached Tihar demanding that insulin is administered to jailed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who is suffering from diabetes. When the jail administration refused to accept the medicine, AAP workers staged a protest outside Tihar, raising slogans of ‘Kejriwal ko insulin do’ (give insulin to Kejriwal).

AAP leaders said despite attempts to deliver insulin injections brought by them, jail officials refused to accept the medication, sparking outrage among workers.

Reacting to the AAP protest, Delhi BJP said the party had lost connect with the people of Delhi and is undergoing a phase of political frustration. “AAP leaders’ only hope is to create public sympathy over health of Kejriwal,” Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva said.

Delhi minister and senior AAP leader Atishi condemned the action of prison authorities, accusing the BJP of endangering Kejriwal’s life by withholding vital treatment. Meanwhile, AAP leaders had arrived with placards, posters and banners, which said ‘Give insulin to Kejriwal’; ‘Don’t play with the CM’s life’.

Atishi said the people of Delhi had sent insulin for their Chief Minister. Reiterating the party’s claim, she said, “Kejriwal has been a diabetic patient for the last 20 years. His sugar level has been consistently over 300. Such sugar levels cannot be controlled without insulin, but the Tihar administration’s refusal to provide the essential medicine to Kejriwal, clearly suggests a threat to his life.”

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Saying that such high sugar levels can affect ones kidney, liver, eyes and nervous system, Atishi asked who would be held responsible if anything happens to Kejriwal. “There is definitely a deep conspiracy behind barring his medicines. “

AAP spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar said, “Who are the jail authorities and the L-G to decide that insulin is not needed? Only the doctor can tell this after examination. Permission should be given to talk to a diabetes specialist via video conference, but the L-G and jail officials have a problem with that.”

Meanwhile, the BJP has said the medical report issued by Tihar doctors on Saturday, along with the report of the video conference of Kejriwal with AIIMS doctors has revealed beyond doubt that Kejriwal is a diabetic but his sugar levels are under control. “All this melodrama of AAP leaders are fake and politically motivated and Delhiites have made up their mind the reject the AAP-Congress alliance,” Sachdeva said.

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