'Cured' Arvind Kejriwal returns to Delhi on Monday

Bengaluru: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will return home on Monday evening, as he is almost cured of his chronic cough and blood sugar level reduced to normal range at a private hospital here, a doctor told on Sunday. "He (Kejriwal) is doing well. He is healthy and cheerful, as he got rid of the nagging cough and his blood sugar level is in the normal range (90-130)," Jindal Naturecure Institute doctor Thampi told IANS here.

The 46-year-old, who is also the convener of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), will be discharged from the institute on Monday at 2 p.m. after final check-up and briefing by doctors treating him since March 6 on how he should continue the prescribed regime, including diet and exercises for another fortnight to maintain his improved health. "Kejriwal has responded well to our treatment and was on recovering mode in a week after he flew into the city from the national capital with high blood sugar (above 300) and chronic cough," Thampi said.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal practising yoga during his naturopathy session in Bengaluru on Thursday. Pic/PTI

As naturopathy treatment involves no medication but detoxification of the body through yogic exercises, breathing techniques (kriyas), cleansing of the unwanted liquids and secretions (plegm) and prescribed diet, Kejriwal adjusted to the regime early, as he had similar treatment when he stayed for three weeks in February 2012 along with anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.

"Kejriwal could recover faster as he is disciplined, obedient and cooperative. He was put on a strict diet comprising ayurvedic liquids, vegetable and fruit juices, sprouts, soup, boiled vegetables and soup for breakfast, early lunch and early supper. The organic diet has reduced his body weight considerably," Thampi said.

Kejriwal's parents Gobind Ram and Gita Devi were staying with him in a three bedroom cottage named "Nest" in the midst of the sprawling green campus on the national highway 4. As inmates (patient) are not allowed to use mobile phones or meet outsiders or visitors during their stay in the institute for its treatment, Kejriwal has kept away from both over the last 10 days.

The Delhi chief minister is also learnt to have neither used the landline in his cottage nor watched television, as he was busy with the treatment from dawn-to-dusk and had to sleep by 9pm. "Kejriwal also interacted with about 40 inmates at a cultural event in the institute on Saturday night and posed for pictures with them," institute medical director Babina Nandakumar said.

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