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    BJP’s Patna office emerges as a new Covid hotspot with 24 Covid-19 cases reported in one day

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    On Tuesday, Bihar government announced a complete lockdown in urban areas from July 15-31.

    New Delhi: The Bihar BJP office in Patna has emerged as a new Covid hotspot with 24 cases detected in one day. The general secretary-organisation of the party’s state unit, Nagendra Nath, state general secretary Devesh Kumar and vice presidents Radha Mohan Sharma and Rajesh Verma are among those who tested positive among the 74 people whose samples were taken.

    “One party leader came to meet us three days ago and later he was found Covid-19 positive. As a precautionary measure, samples were collected from the party office-bearers and staff members on Monday,” Devesh Kumar told ET. “Twenty-four people have come out positive, including four office-bearers. All, including me, are asymptomatic and are in home quarantine.”

    The number may increase following the test results of family members of those who were found positive, said people aware of the matter. Besides, they said, the party leader referred to by Kumar had moved around the party office and met several leaders at senior as well as district level. This came on a day when Bihar recorded the biggest single-day increase of 1,432 new Covid -19 cases.

    On Tuesday, the state government announced a complete lockdown in urban areas from July 15-31.

    The development also gave the opposition a chance to attack the BJP for holding virtual rallies and supporting demands for holding assembly elections as per schedule in October-November. “From CM’s residence to deputy CM’s office, secretariat and now BJP office, corona has spread everywhere,” leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav told media persons. “BJP is doing virtual rallies and spreading the infection. Which Jamaat do they belong to? They are preparing for elections at a time when people are dying. They want elections over people’s dead bodies.”

    Congress leader Premchand Mishra also demanded a delay in election. “When those in power and in the government are getting infected in large numbers, how can they agree to hold elections on time? This is not an apt time to hold elections in the state,” he told ET.

    The ruling JD (U), however, maintained that it had no issues with holding state polls on time. “The decision to hold the Bihar assembly election on time has been taken by the Election Commission after consulting all the political parties,” JD (U) spokesman Rajeev Ranjan told ET. “The opposition is scared of a defeat in upcoming elections and that’s why it is raising these issues.”

    (Catch all the Business News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on The Economic Times.)

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    2 Comments on this Story

    raaj till9 days ago
    Biharies may have taken virus from Delhi to patna
    Raman 21 days ago
    BJP is another name for a virus. This party alone has caused more harm to India in 5 years, which nobody else could do. Is there a vaccine for this virus?
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