India Covid spike on full throttle, 17 lawmakers test positive


A total of 17 Indian lawmakers, including BJP leaders Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, are among 17 members of parliament who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the mandatory tests conducted before the monsoon session that began Monday.

The results come at a time when India Monday registered 48,464,27 Covid-19 cases across the country with a massive spike of 92,071 cases including 1,136 deaths in 24 hours.

As many as 12 MPs from the BJP, the YSR Congress party’s two MPs and one each of the DMK, the Shiv Sena and the RLP were found infected with Covid-19.

Others who have been detected Covid-19 positive include Pratap Rao Jadav, Janardan Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Hanuman Beniwal, Sukanata Majumdar, Goddeti Madhavi, Bidyut Baran, Pradan Baruah, N Reddeppa, Selvam G, Pratap Rao Patil, Ram Shankar Katheria, Satya Pal Singh and Rodmal Nagar.

The Lok Sabha members were tested at the Parliament House September 13 and 14 a during a mandatory test for those attending this year’s monsoon session of the Indian parliament which will end October 1.

BJP MP Sukanta Majumdar in a tweet on Sunday morning declared he had tested Covid-19 positive.

“I am doing well and taking doctors’ advice. Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms,” Majumdar tweeted.

Earlier, at least seven federal ministers and around 25 MPs and MLAs had contracted the disease. Among them were India’s home minister Amit Shah, who underwent a thorough medical examination at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before the parliament session started.

An MP and several MLAS have died from the highly infectious pandemic.

The monsoon session of parliament this time is being held with large-scale safety protocols in place that include staggered seating of MPs in chambers of both Houses to maintain physical distancing.