Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Monday.
“I tested for Novel Coronavirus today. My test report has returned positive. I appeal to all colleagues and associates who came in my contact over the last week to get themselves tested. I request my close contacts to move into strict quarantine immediately”, Khattar tweeted.
The development comes two days before the monsoon session of the Haryana Assembly is to begin.
Khattar had already been in self-quarantine at his residence in Chandigarh for the past three days, after Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tested positive. Khattar had met the Union Minister last
On August 21, Khattar was tested for Covid, but his test report came negative. He was tested again, Monday, and found positive. He has been shifted to Medanta hospital.
Earlier the same day, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta tested positive for coronavirus.
Gupta, a BJP MLA who represents Panchkula constituency, was tested by the health department’s doctors at his residence on Sunday. His test report came back positive on Monday morning. Gupta’s condition is stable and he is self-isolating at his residence in Panchkula. Gupta’s political secretary and nephew had earlier tested positive for coronavirus infection. The health department had initiated protocols for Gupta’s contact tracing.
There are several other Haryana MLAs who had tested positive for the virus. BJP MLA, Aseem Goel, who represents Ambala (City) constituency has tested positive and is also under home isolation. Besides Goel, BJP MLA Ram Kumar Kashyap, who represents assembly constituency, has also tested positive. Kashyap is also a former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
All the MLAs who tested positive have appealed to those who came in contact with them in the last few days to get themselves tested for Covid.
All the MLAs, Vidhan Sabha staff, IAS and IPS officers besides the security staff deployed during the Vidhan Sabha Session proceedings have to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test before the Vidhan Sabha proceedings commence on August 26.
The tests are being conducted for the last two days. Till Monday, out of 361 Vidhan Sabha staff who were tested for Covid-19, six had tested positive.