Updated on Sep. 16, 2018, at 1:42 p.m.

Indian lawmaker Jayant Sinha, who has pledged to reveal if his government sponsored his full bathing in monsoon mud, did not test positive for the chemical toxins because he is not a member of the government, his aide said Monday.

Sinha, who is known for his stringent voting record, withdrew his candidature for the vacant Senate seat in the western state of Gujarat on Saturday after being accused of eating food laced with human excrement and contaminating the sewerage system. That statement sparked widespread condemnation of his actions, including from BJP president Amit Shah, who called Sinha a “kingmaker of India.”

Sinha said he “continues to accept unreservedly the allegations leveled against me by the Supreme Court lawyers” in the court proceedings. He said that the government did not fund public access to his bathing since it was not a government function and that any costs incurred at his service would be met by the person who has set it up.

A government source was quoted by Mumbai-based IT portal TimesNow as saying that Sinha is an “acek” and has travelled to Congress party headquarters at Modi’s instructions to submit a form stating that he needs to pay for the work done at his indoor bathing facility and at the state hospital in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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