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Atishi ends her indefinite hunger strike on Delhi water shortage issue after being hospitalised

Delhi Water Minister Atishi's indefinite hunger strike against the Haryana government over water shortage in the national capital, began on June 21, ended after she was admitted to a hospital in view of her deteriorating health.

Reported By : Bhaskar Mishra Edited By : Raju Kumar
New Delhi
Updated on: June 25, 2024 11:00 IST
AAP MP Sanjay Singh and Delhi Minister Atishi
Image Source : PTI AAP MP Sanjay Singh and Delhi Minister Atishi

Delhi Water Minister Atishi, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike for the last four days claiming that Haryana is not releasing Delhi's share of water, ended her strike on Tuesday. The development comes hours after she was admitted to the LNJP Hospital as her health deteriorated in the wee hours. 

AAP MP Sanjay Singh, while addressing a press conference, announced that Atishi's indefinite hunger strike ended today. 

On Monday, a panel of doctors advised her to be admitted to a hospital after her health condition deteriorated but she refused to be treated at a hospital. She was adamant that she would not break her fast until Haryana released the "rightful share of Delhi's water".

"My blood pressure and sugar levels are dropping and my weight has gone down. Ketone level is very high which can have harmful effects in the long run. No matter how much my body suffers, I will continue the fast till Haryana releases water," the Delhi Water Minister said at the site of hunger strike at Jungpura's Bhogal. 

Atishi's weight and blood pressure is decreasing rapidly, which doctors from LNJP Hospital said was "dangerous", the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said in a statement.

"Water Minister Atishi's weight is also decreasing unexpectedly. Before sitting on hunger strike on 21st June, her weight was 65. 8 kg which has come down to 63.6 kg on the fourth day of the hunger strike. That is, her weight has decreased by 2.2 kg in just 4 days," the statement said.

Her blood sugar level has decreased by 28 units on the fourth day as compared to the first day of the hunger strike, it added.

The Delhi government claimed that Delhi was getting 100 MGD less for the last three weeks. The 100 MGD less water has caused a shortage, affecting 28 lakh people in Delhi, Atishi said.

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