Parliament: The first part of the Monsoon session began today with several strict rules (File)
One of the 17 Lok Sabha MPs who tested positive for the coronavirus before parliament’s monsoon session began on Monday has shared on Twitter a contradictory test report. Hanuman Beniwal, an MP from Rajasthan, after being ruled out of the session, said a second test in Jaipur turned out a “negative” result. “Which report should be considered accurate?” he tweeted, posting both reports.
“I took a COVID-19 test in the Lok Sabha’s premises and was declared positive. Then I was tested at Jaipur’s SMS medical and the report said I am negative. Which report should be considered accurate?” he tweeted in Hindi along with images of the two medical documents.
मैंने लोकसभा परिसर में #Covid19 की जांच करवाई जो पॉजिटिव आई उसके बाद जयपुर स्थित SMS मेडिकल में जांच करवाई जो नेगेटिव आई,दोनों रिपोर्ट आपके साथ साझा कर रहा हूँ,आखिर किस रिपोर्ट को सही माना जाए ? pic.twitter.com/6NgU0jBdWE
— HANUMAN BENIWAL (@hanumanbeniwal) September 14, 2020
The monsoon session began today with several strict rules to prevent transmission of the virus among MPs. No MP or official will be allowed to attend the session without a fresh coronavirus “negative” report.
Seventeen MPs from the lower House of parliament and eight from Rajya Sabha have tested positive.
Among the infected Lok Sabha MPs, the BJP has the maximum number — 12. The YSR Congress has two MPs, the Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP one each.
Sources said altogether, 56 people tested positive during the RT-PCR tests conducted in the parliament complex by September 12. The figure includes officials, media persons and MPs.
A larger number of MPs attended the session today despite the COVID-19 scare, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said. “It shows how strong the roots of democracy are,” he told NDTV.
India is the second worst-hit country in the world. The country today reported 92,071 cases in a day, which took its total count past the 48-lakh mark.