Delhi Water Minister Hospitalized Amid Hunger Strike Over Severe Water Crisis

Delhi’s water minister, Atishi, has been hospitalized five days into her hunger strike, which she initiated to draw attention to the city’s water crisis. The Indian capital has been grappling with severe water shortages as a prolonged heatwave has driven up consumption.

Atishi was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning after her blood sugar levels dropped to 36 mg/dL, significantly below the normal range of 70-100 mg/dL.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, who goes by a single name, has accused the neighboring Haryana state of restricting the city’s water supply. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which governs Haryana, has denied these allegations and instead blamed the AAP government for the water crisis.

“She has not eaten anything for the last five days,” AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj wrote on X (formerly Twitter), noting that Atishi is currently being treated in the ICU.

Delhi is enduring one of its hottest summers this year, with temperatures consistently exceeding 40°C for weeks. This extreme heat has caused a surge in demand for both electricity and water, straining the city’s resources.

With the water supply nearly depleted, residents have been forced to rely on water delivered by tankers.

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