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5 MLAs test positive as Gujarat Assembly monsoon session begins

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Five MLAs of the Gujarat Assembly have tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of the assembly session that began on Monday. COVID-19 testing was made mandatory for all the MLAs, employees and even media personnel who are to attend the proceedings.

Of the five MLAs, four are from Congress while one is from the BJP. Punabhai Gamit (Vyara), Nathabhai Patel (Dhanera), Virji Thumar (Lathi) and Jasubhai Patel (Bayad) of Congress tested positive while BJP’s Kanubhai Patel (Sanand) is also suffering from the disease.

The five are in isolation and they have also appealed to those who came in touch with them to get themselves tested.

MLAs who will not attend Gujarat Assembly due to COVID-19

Congress’ Kalubhai Dabhi (Kapadvanj) had also recently tested positive for the disease. This means apart from Bharatsinh Solanki, who is still under treatment for COVID-19, five other Congress MLAs will not be attending the assembly sessions.

BJP ministers and MLAs like Jayesh Radadiya and Raghavji Patel, who tested positive for COVID-19, recently will also miss the Assembly session. Around 17 BJP MLAs – including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel – underwent the test on Monday morning.

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Several BJP ministers and leaders have also tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Recently BJP Gujarat President CR Patil and BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya were discharged from private hospitals after being successfully treated for COVID-19.

The Gujarat Assembly has a strength of 182 members but it is down to 173 after the resignation of eight Congress MLA. One seat is vacant because of a Gujarat High Court order.

Earlier five staff members of the Assembly had tested positive for COVID-19.

Special arrangements at Gujarat Assembly to follow COVID-19 norms

To maintain social distance the MLAs will also be seated in the visitor’s gallery while visitors will not be allowed.

The Question Hour has also been done away with while short term notice questions will be allowed. Around 20 bills are expected to be brought during the monsoon session of the assembly.

 

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