Day af­ter RS polls, BJP MLA, wife test Covid +ve in MP

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Ran­jan letters@hin­dus­tan­

BHOPAL: A Bharatiya Janata Party leg­is­la­tor and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday a day af­ter he cast his vote dur­ing the Ra­jya Sabha polls held at the assem­bly premises on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to leg­is­la­tors from Congress and BJP. The MLA had also at­tended the BJP leg­is­la­ture party meet­ings on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

The MLA hap­pens to be the sec­ond leg­is­la­tor in the state to be in­fected with Covid-19. Ear­lier, a Congress MLA tested positive for the virus. He turned up in a per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment (PPE) kit in the state assem­bly on Fri­day af­ter­noon to cast his vote. He, how­ever, had been given the fa­cil­ity of a postal bal­lot that he didn’t go for, leg­is­la­tors said.

The state Congress has ac­cused the BJP MLA of putting in peril the life of other leg­is­la­tors in­clud­ing chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan who chaired the BJP leg­is­la­ture party meet­ings .

State Congress spokesper­son Ajay Ya­dav said, “We have learnt that the BJP MLA got sam­ples of his wife and him­self tested for coro­n­avirus two days back but still he at­tended the BJP leg­is­la­ture party meet­ings. He has com­mit­ted a grave of­fence by con­ceal­ing the in­for­ma­tion about his health and should be booked.”

“When my wife com­plained about fever, we got our sam­ples tested on Fri­day. Now we are go­ing to be hos­pi­talised,” the MLA said over phone.

As many as 206 MLAs cast their votes on Fri­day dur­ing the Ra­jya Sabha polls.

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