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Maharashtra’s State Cabinet Minister Dhananjay Munde Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Previously Ashok Chavan Public Works Department Minister and Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad were infected but recovered sooner

 

MUMBAI| Maharashtra’s Social Justice Minister and senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. He is the third state minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to have been infected.

Previously Ashok Chavan Public Works Department Minister and Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad were infected but recovered sooner.

Sources informed Munde has displayed mild symptoms (of throat infection) and was admitted to Breach Candi hospital in the morning. The minister’s private secretary, his media advisor and three other employees in his office also tested positive but are asymptomatic.

With the increasing number and amongst the state minsters some senior ones in the government decided to remain indoors for the next few days. Hours before he took the test, Munde had attended the weekly cabinet meeting at the Mantralya, which continued for nearly three hours. On the following day, he joined his party’s foundation day celebrations in Ballard Pier.

Senior NCP leader MP Supriya Sule, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra NCP president and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Mumbai NCP president Nawab Malik were among others who attended the meeting. Later, Munde had also attended an official meeting regarding cotton procurement chaired by Pawar.

 

Sources also revealed that senior officials from Munde’s department have also been put under home quarantine. Munde has also chaired a few official meeting in the last few days. As a COVID-19 precautionary measure, the Maharashtra cabinet has been avoiding large assemblies.

The cabinet meetings are also being held through video conferencing with a minimum number of people available at one location. But so far, three ministers and three IAS officers are among those in the government who got infected.

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