New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take a 12-day break next month for a course in vipassana, one of the ancient meditation techniques of India.
On July 30, Mr Kejriwal would enroll at a meditation centre in Nagpur, where he will not have access to newspapers, television or any other media, said a member of his Aam Aadmi Party. His deputy Manish Sisodia will be in charge of the government.
The meditation break comes nearly two years after the chief minister had gone for a similar session following the hectic campaign for Lok Sabha elections. Nearly a year later, AAP won Delhi with a sweeping mandate in February 2015.
But since then, the Delhi government had been involved in a tussle with the Centre. AAP has blamed the Centre for many reverses, including the arrest of 11 of its lawmakers on various charges. In a video address, Mr Kejriwal had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “so frustrated that he can get me killed”.
The Chief Minister is a known Vipassana buff – he is even reported to have said that he wants to devote his life to vipassana after retiring from politics. Last year, his plan to send overworked government school teachers in Delhi for free vipassana courses had backfired. The teachers said the government should instead focus on building more classrooms and providing power and water.
In January, Mr Kejriwal had taken a 10-day medical leave – 10 months after he had gone for naturopathy treatment at an institute in Bangalore to get treatment for his cough.