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After Jain, Manish Sisodia hospitalised as health deteriorates

Only Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai are left inside the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

SNS | New Delhi |

Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was shifted to hospital after his condition deteriorated on Monday afternoon leaving only Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai inside the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal where they have been staging a protest since 11 June. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has already been hospitalised.

“Manish Sisodia’s ketone level reaches 7.4. Yesterday it was 6.4. Ideally it should be zero. 2+ level is considered to be danger zone. Team of doctors reaching LG house to see him,” tweeted Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP MLA from Greater Kailash.

Sisodia was on an indefinite hunger strike since 13 June, a day after Jain began his hunger strike. He was shifted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in New Delhi.

Late on Sunday night, Jain was taken to the same hospital for treatment after his health deteriorated.

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Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Monday rapped AAP chief Kejriwal for his dharna inside the office of Delhi L-G for the last eight days.

In its observation, the court asked whether the Delhi CM and his three cabinet ministers had the authorisation to sit on a dharna.

Responding to the Delhi government lawyer’s argument that the IAS officers had accepted on 17 June that they are not attending meetings called by ministers, the court said, “Thing is that you’re sitting on a dharna. Who authorised them to sit on a dharna like this?”

When the lawyer said it was an “individual decision”, a bench of Justice AK Chawla and Justice Navin Chawla said, “Is it authorised? This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there.”

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The High Court was hearing a petition filed by BJP legislator Vijender Gupta who sought an end to Kejriwal’s dharna. The court was also hearing another petition against the sit-in, and one against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government.

The matters are likely to be heard on 22 June.