Kejriwal on 10-day Himalayan meditation course, no news or phone access

Dharamsala, Aug 1 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is here to attend a ‘vipassana’ session, will not be allowed to meet anyone during the 10-day meditation course or access to newspapers or mobile phone, an official said on Monday.

Kejriwal, who arrived here in the morning, was received by a large number of Aam Adami Party activists and party leaders at the airport.

He will stay in the Himachal Vipassana Centre in Dharamkot — a tourist spot on the suburbs and close to the Dalai Lama’s abode — till August 12, centre in-charge Pawan Sharma told IANS.

Sharma said the 10-day ‘vipassana’ course would begin on Tuesday and continue till August 11. Kejriwal would return to Delhi the following day.

Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques.

During the course, Kejriwal would stay without his staff.

“Nobody would be allowed to meet Kejriwal during the course. Even his security would not stay with him at the centre,” Sharma added.

Kejriwal’s day would begin at 4 a.m. and he would retire at 9.30 p.m. In between, there would be meditation sessions.

The participants would pose queries to their teachers at specified intervals during the course, Sharma said.

The participants will be served simple meals, comprising rice and dal.

There would be no access to newspapers, television and mobile phone.

According to the centre, the 10-day course is an introductory one to vipassana where the technique is taught step-by-step every day.

Kejriwal arrived by a SpiceJet regular flight from Delhi at 1.15 p.m.

“I am here just for meditation,” the Chief Minister told reporters at Gaggal airport in Kangra district.

State Transport Minister G.S. Bali was also travelling in the same flight.

The Congress government in the state has extended him a state guest status and he was received by Deputy Commissioner Ritesh Chauhan.

State AAP leader and former MP Rajan Shushant said his visit boosted the morale of the party cadre in the state.



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