Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
"I was tested for Novel Corona Virus today. My test report has returned positive. I appeal to all colleagues and associates who came in my contact over the last week to get themselves tested. I request my close contacts to move into strict quarantine immediately,"he tweeted.
While Khattar had tested negative last week after attending a meeting with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who had later been found to have been infected, he had gone into self-isolation. The news however assumes greater significance coming as it does just two days ahead of the brief monsoon Assembly session.
Khattar is not the first member of the Haryana government to test positive recently. Earlier in the day, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and two BJP MLAs had also tested positive for the virus.
In all likelihood, they will not be able to attend the session as a recent rule makes it a must for everyone entering the state's Vidhan Sabha complex to have a recently issued COVID-19 negative certificate.