Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Advised Complete Bed Rest, As He was On Verge Of Losing His Voice

| December 6 , 2018 , 18:52 IST

Punjab Cabinet Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been advised for a complete bed rest up to five days after he injured his vocal cords during an exhaustive 17-day election campaign for Congress candidates in poll-bound states.

It is learnt that the Congress leader addressed over 70 public meetings in 17 days ahead of elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.

During these 17 days, Sidhu also travelled to Pakistan for three days for the groundbreaking foundation stone laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.

According to Punjab government statements, "Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu was on an intensive 17-day election campaign, wherein he addressed more than 70 back-to-back public meetings and the exhaustive schedule has injured his vocal cords. The doctors told him that he was on the brink of losing his voice and therefore they have suggested complete 3 to 5 days rest."

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"The continuous helicopter and plane travel has been detrimental to his health as he is on an embolism (obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble) treatment, he had suffered a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) due to excess air travel some years ago. He has undergone a series of haematology (blood) tests which require sincere evaluation," said the spokesperson.

Sidhu has undergone a series of blood tests which require evaluation and has gone to an undisclosed location for a complete check-up and recovery. He is being administered specialized medication, along with breathing exercises and physiotherapy," the statement added.

The cricketer-turned-politician was a BJP MP from Amritsar from 2004 to 2014. He joined the Congress in January 2017, just days ahead of Assembly polls.