India's anti-graft hero tweets bowel movements

2013-12-30 18:11
Aam Aadmi Party party leader Arvind Kejriwal waves to his supporters after meeting Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung in Delhi. (AP)

Aam Aadmi Party party leader Arvind Kejriwal waves to his supporters after meeting Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung in Delhi. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New Delhi - India's anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal swept to power last month on a promise of greater transparency and he began office on Monday true to his word admitting that Delhi belly had spoiled his first day.

Kejriwal, whose pledge to fight for India's common man won over voters in New Delhi state polls, had been set to start governing the capital on Monday after being sworn in as chief minister over the weekend.

But after weeks of rallies in a gruelling election campaign that pitted him against the two main political parties, Kejriwal said he had fallen ill with diarrhoea and a severe fever and could not come into the office.

"Running 102 fever since yesterday. Severe loose motions. Sad that I won't be able to attend office today," the former tax official tweeted on his verified Twitter account.

"It was so imp to attend office today. We had planned the water announcement. God, bahut galat time par bimaar kiya [you've had me sick at a very wrong time]."


Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party was born out of an anti-corruption mass movement two years ago, has pledged to give free water to households in Delhi and slash their electricity bills.

He has more than 961 000 followers on Twitter and regularly tweets to share his views.

His latest comments were an instant hit on Twitter, with plenty of offers of sympathy but also some suggestions for a little privacy.

"When the Chief Minister gives you minute by minute update on his bowel movements, Hail democracy," said a Congress party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

"Will Arvind Kejriwal pass the motion? That is the question we are asking tonight," said television editor Ritupana Chatterjee.

Kejriwal's party also asked well-wishers and supporters in a tweet to stop flocking to his home, saying he needed to rest.

Kejriwal's party agreed to lead the Delhi government with outside support from the Congress party which rules nationally but was pushed to a distant third place at the Delhi elections.

Read more on:    twitter  |  india

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.