New Delhi: More than 25 Member of Parliament (MP) from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of Parliament monsoon session held on Monday.
Before the beginning of the monsoon session, the MPs had to undergo mandatory tests which eventually came out as positive.
According to sources 17 MPs from Lok Sabha and nine from the Rajya Sabha tested positive. Among the ones those who were contracted with the virus in the Lok Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the maximum with 12 MPs. Also, two MPs each came out as positive from the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YRS) and Congress Party. The ShivSena, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) have one each.
After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus. I am currently in good health & spirits. I request everyone who has been recently in contact with me to get tested. Together We will fight & defeat Corona🙏🏽
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) September 14, 2020
In Rajya Sabha, two members from the Congress and BJP were reported to be infected. Also, one member each from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Aam Admi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) were infected with the deadly virus.
Also, RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal said in a tweet that his results came out negative for coronavirus after a test was conducted by a hospital in Jaipur.
The Parliament had made various changes in its mechanisms to assimilate the safety norms of COVID-19. According to the new rules, the ones with negative COVID-19 reports will be allowed to enter the premises. The negative reports will be based on the test which will be conducted within 72 hours.
Arrangements were done in such a way that the two houses were sitting in shifts without any off days. This was done to make way for special arrangements so that the MPs stick to the guidelines of social distancing. However, the entire premises will also be sanitised between each shift from now.
At present, there are over 780 members all together in the Upper and the Lower House. In both the chambers, the seats have been separated with plastic sheets.
The MPs and Union Ministers are only allowed to enter the main building and mandatory arrangements have also been made for the separate sitting of their personal staffs in the premises.