Samajwadi Party founder and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav has tested positive for coronavirus, the party has announced. He has been admitted to Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital for treatment. As per SP’s statement, Yadav is currently asymptomatic and under supervision of doctors at the premier hospital.
Mulayam’s son and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that his father had complained of difficulty in breathing, following which he was taken to the Gurgaon hospital where he tested positive. He added that Yadav Sr’s condition is stable. Akhilesh said that he was in constant touch with doctors at the Medanta Hospital and will keep updating on former chief minister’s condition. Mulayam’s wife Sadhana Gupta has also tested positive for COVID-19.
The 80-year-old is a member of parliament from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. He had attended Monsoon Session of Parliament which concluded on September 23. The concerns around his health started when he was helped inside the premises on a wheelchair on the first day of the session on September 14. Mulayam’s younger son Prateek Yadav had addressed the concerns by taking to social media and had said that Netaji was perfectly healthy and there was no reason to worry.
Mulayam Singh Yadav is one of the tallest leaders in Uttar Pradesh. He has served as chief minister of the state thrice (1989 to 1991, 1993 to 1995, and 2003 to 2007). Singh has also served as Defence Minister in HD Devegowda government.
Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus count rose to 7,307,097 on Wednesday, while the death toll stands at 111,311. The silver lining for the country is a good national recovery rate, which has gone up to 87.35 per cent on Thursday, according to the latest data released by Union health ministry.