Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was admitted to Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital late on Tuesday with a stomachache, two days after he drank a glassful of water directly from Kali Bein, a sacred river in Sultanpur Lodhi.
He has reportedly undergone testing and is still in the hospital, according to sources.
According to sources, he was hospitalised on Tuesday night with a severe stomachache at his official residence in Chandigarh. He was flown from there and sent to the hospital in Delhi. He was taken to the Capital without his complete security team since the administration kept the nature of his illness a well guarded secret.
Even though a representative said that the chief minister was in good health and had a packed day of scheduled back-to-back meetings on Thursday, the chief minister’s office declined to confirm the CM’s hospitalisation.
However, sources said that his illness was caused by consuming water straight from the rivulet.
To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the cleanup of Kali Bein, the CM had been to Sultanpur Lodhi on Sunday.
The government had made available images of Mann sipping from the Bein. Its video was also very popular. According to a government statement, the CM sipped water from the rivulet while also planting a tree on the banks of the Bein River.
Around 8 o’clock on Wednesday night, the chief minister posted on Twitter to express his gratitude to the Punjab Police and the Anti-Gangster Task Force for carrying out an operation against two suspects in the murder of singer-turned-politician Sidhu Moosewala.
The CM, according to a government official, would return to work on Thursday.
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