Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus. Gadkari had attended Parliament monsoon session on Monday and was seated in the front row for a brief moment.
In the mandatory covid tests for parliamentarians conducted before the monsoon session started on Monday, 17 members of the Lok Sabha and eight from the Rajya Sabha had tested positive. Mr Gadkari had tested negative at the time. His positive result came from a test conducted in Nagpur, sources said. Mr Gadkari had attended parliament on Monday.
At least 29 members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha tested positive on September 13, the eve of the start of the session, most of whom are BJP MPs, including minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi and Delhi BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma.
The minister said in a tweet that he is in self-isolation and is doing well.
Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested COVID 19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself.— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 16, 2020