Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral tests positive for Covid-19

SAD leader advised home isolation

Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral tests positive for Covid-19

Naresh Gujral. File photo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8

Punjab Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day after he attended a parliamentary standing committee meeting along with several other MPs.

Gujral had given sample for testing on Thursday after one of his staff at home tested positive for the virus.

Following the test report, he has been advised home isolation.

Gujral had taken Covid test about 10 days ago, as there was a plan to travel and the report had then come negative.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader said he was asymptomatic and fine and that he had informed the Rajya Sabha Secretariat about his infection.

The meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice was held following social distancing norms and members wore face masks during it, he said.

After reports came in that Gujral tested positive for COVID-19, TMC Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien again raised the demand for holding meeting of  parliamentary standing committees virtually, asserting that there was enough scope to tweak rules.

“An MP who attended a parliamentary standing committee meeting on Thursday, tested positive today. We wish him a speedy recovery. Trinamool MPs are not attending. For 4 months we have been urging that these meetings happen virtually. Enough scope to tweak rules. Anyone listening!” O’Brien tweeted. With PTI

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