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Bihar polls: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi tests positive for coronavirus

Senior BJP leader and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday announced via a tweet that he has tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna. Modi’s declaration of contracting coronavirus comes amid a high-decibel campaign of the three-phase assembly polls in Bihar that is less than a week away.

Sushil Modi tweeted that all parameters perfectly normal but admitted to AIIMS Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs is normal. The Deputy CM assured the party workers that he would be back soon for campaigning ahead of the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.   

Sushil Modi is the second BJP leader from Bihar to contract the virus in the last two days. Earlier on Wednesday, BJP’s national spokesperson and former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has tested positive for coronavirus. Currently, he is admitted to AIIMS trauma centre in New Delhi for the treatment. Earlier, the two cabinet ministers of Bihar Kapil Deo Kamat (70) and Vinod Singh (50) have died of coronavirus.

Sushil Modi is one of the most prominent leaders of BJP from Bihar while Shahnawaz Hussain is the star campaigner of the party. Hussain campaigned in Farbisganj in Arariya district on Wednesday while Sushil Modi was seen on TV channels on Monday.

The Election Commission of India has made a strict set of health protocols for the polls amid coronavirus pandemic but we have seen a huge crowd in Bihar election rallies. However, there is an utter disregard to the social distancing norms as the poll dates coming near.

Read Also: BJP Bihar manifesto: Bihar will get free coronavirus vaccination, 19 lakh jobs

Sources said most of the BJP leaders found asymptomatic during the mandatory tests done by the party ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in Bihar from October 23.

Bihar will go to polls in three-phase on October 28, November 3 and 7. The result will be declared on November 10.

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