Punjab CM Hospitalized After Drinking Water From Polluted 'Holy River' To Show It Was Safe


Indian Politician Ended Up In Hospital After Drinking Water from river

An Indian political leader from Punjab State was hospitalised after drinking water from a sacred river in an attempt to demonstrate that it was clean and safe. 

The leader in question is the current Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann. 

He was caught on camera drinking a full glass of water from the Kali Bein. According to The Indian Express, the rivulet is considered holy because it is believed that the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, bathed in its water and attained enlightenment there.

Mann was attempting to demonstrate the efficacy of a 22-year river cleanup project. While there, he announced a statewide project to clean up rivers and drains, according to India Today.

Mann's Aam Admi Party Twitter handle posted a video of him drinking the water on Sunday, together with writing in Punjabi about the cleanup and the rivulet's religious significance.

Officials, according to NDTV, denied any connection between the hospital visit and the water, claiming it was a routine checkup. The Indian Express, citing unnamed sources, reported that the illness was caused by the water. According to the outlet, Mann developed a severe stomachache and had to be airlifted to the hospital for tests.

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