MP Coronavirus News: Covid-19 positive Congress MLA votes for party’s Rajya Sabha candidates | Bhopal News


BHOPAL: A coronavirus positive Congress MLA arrived at the Madhya Pradesh assembly in an ambulance wearing a PPE kit to vote for the Rajya Sabha elections. The 37-year-old MLA is Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress president and first-time MLA from Kalapeepal constituency. He tested positive for Covid-19 on June 13 and was quarantined at his official residence in the state capital.
The Congress has 92 legislators in a house of 230, which at present with 24 vacant seats has a total strength of 206. All 206 MLAs of the Congress, BJP and others voted for Rajya Sabha polls on Friday. However, the Congress MLA was the last legislator to vote. Though he is still coronavirus positive, he was permitted to vote by the returning officer, but with certain precautions. Remaining 205 MLAs have completed voting by 12 noon in the Madhya Pradesh state assembly.
Meanwhile, a 108 ambulance reached Choudhary’s residence little before 12.30pm. He was escorted by health department employees in PPE kits and the MLA was also in a white PPE suit covered from head to toe and carried only his mobile phone. He reached the assembly before 1pm and was escorted to the voting station when all other MLAs had left.
Election officials stood at a safe distance away from him as he cast the final vote. Speaking to TOI, he said, “I reached the state assembly in a PPE kit suit. I travelled in an ambulance escorted by officials who were also in PPE kits. I voted for my party candidate and returned home.”
BJP spokesmen Hitesh Vajpayee and Lokendra Parashar objected to the Covid-19 posotive Congress MLA casting his vote for Rajya Sabha polls. But returning officer AP Singh said all necessary precautions had been taken and he became the last to vote because of his health condition.



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