The COVID-19 pandemic stealthily has made its way to the political arena. From former President Pranab Mukherjee to Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA Ananta Narayana Jena, lot many politicians have contracted the virus, making it apparent that the virus has advanced into the Indian political power house.
Closer home, a number of legislators from Odisha, who have had the privilege to remain as much shielded from this contamination have sadly fallen prey to the coronavirus. Here is the list of the politicians who added their names to the COVID-19 cases.
Sukanta Kumar Nayak, first MLA to test COVID-19 positive
Nilgiri MLA Sukanta Kumar Nayak is the first politician from the state to have tested positive for the Coronavirus after his tests confirmed on July 06. Nayak had attended some meetings in his constituency and was also present at the funeral of ex-MLA Madan Mohan Dutta. In addition to this, Nayak had attended meetings in Bhubaneswar and in his home constituency apart from participating in a gathering of women self-help groups (SHGs). He also took part in a meeting at Chhatrapur village.
Dharmendra Pradhan, second cabinet minister to test COVID-19 positive
The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel on August 4 tweeted to confirm the news of testing positive for the virus. Pradhan stated that his condition was stable. He was also admitted to Medanta Hospital and has recovered from the infection.
#COVID19 के लक्षण दिखने पर मैंने टेस्ट करवाया जिसमें मेरी रिपोर्ट पॉज़िटिव आई है। डाक्टरों की सलाह पर मैं अस्पताल में भर्ती हूँ और स्वस्थ हूँ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 4, 2020
Suresh Pujari, Bargarh MP tests postive
Senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Bargarh Suresh Pujari comes next in the list. On August 8, Suresh Pujari took to twitter to inform about contacting the novel coronavirus.
#COVID19 ର ଲକ୍ଷଣ ନ ଥାଇ ମଧ୍ୟ ମୁଁ ଗତକାଲି ପରୀକ୍ଷା କରିଥିଲି II
ଆଜି ରିପୋର୍ଟ ପଜିଟିଭ୍ ଆସିଛି ବୋଲି ବରଗଡ଼ ଜିଲ୍ଲାପାଳ ମୋତେ ସୁଚନା କରିଛନ୍ତି II
ସମ୍ବଲପୁର ଓ ବରଗଡ଼ ଜିଲ୍ଲାପାଳ ତଥା ଡ଼ାକ୍ତରଙ୍କ ପରାମର୍ଶ କ୍ରମେ ମୁଁ ହୋମ୍ ଆଇସୋଲେସନ୍ ରେ ଅଛି ଏବଂ ସୁସ୍ଥ ଅଛି II pic.twitter.com/BG3bPXOVMc
— Suresh Pujari (@sureshkpujari) August 8, 2020
Susanta Singh, first minister from state to test corona positive
The Rural Development, Labour and Employees’ Insurance Minister, Susanta Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on August 17. He is the first Minister from Odisha to test COVID-19 positive.
I have tested positive for Corona and I am stable now. Those who have came in contact with me recently are requested to stay isolated and get tested.
— Susanta Singh (@SusantaSingh11) August 17, 2020
Shreemayee Mishra, only lady politician in the list
Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) Chairperson, Shreemayee Mishra tested positive on August 19. Currently, she is the general secretary of the ruling party BJD and leader from Balangir.
I have tested positive and with the blessings of Lord Jagannath I’m stable now.
— Shreemayee sweta snigdha Mishra (@ShreemayeeM) August 19, 2020
Ananta Narayan Jena, former Bhubaneswar Mayor tests positive
The Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA Ananta Narayan Jena tested COVID-19 positive on August 20. Jena is also the former Mayor of Bhubaneswar.
Feeling the COVID-19 symptoms, I got the test done & reported corona virus positive. I am fine & home quarantined. Request that, those who have come in my contact should isolate themselves & get tested.@CMO_Odisha @Naveen_Odisha @BJD4Odisha
— Ananta Narayan Jena (Bunu Bhai) (@bbsrcentralmla) August 20, 2020
Sudhanshu Shekhar Parida, tested postive after coming in contact with Nilgiri MLA
The BJD MLA from Remuna in Balasore district tested positive for COVID-19 on July 14 and was home quarantined after having come in contact with BJP’s Nilagiri MLA Sukanta Kumar Nayak.
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and his wife test COVID-19 positive
The Khandapada MLA and Editor of ‘Sambad’, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik along with his wife, were admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on August 14. The two were admitted to Ashwini COVID Hospital in Cuttack.
ମୁଁ ଆଜି କରୋନା ପଜିଟିଭ ହେଇଥିବା କଥା ଜଣା ପଡ଼ିଛି । ମୁଁ ସୁସ୍ଥ ଅଛି । ଗତ ସପ୍ତାହରେ ମୋ ସଂସ୍ପର୍ଶରେ ଆସିଥିବା ବନ୍ଧୁମାନଙ୍କୁ ଡାକ୍ତରୀ ପରାମର୍ଶ ନେବାପାଇଁ ଅନୁରୋଧ କରୁଛି ।
— Soumya Ranjan Patnaik (@SoumyaSambad) August 11, 2020
Srikant Sahu, BJD legislator from Ganjam tested positive
Srikanta Sahu who is the BJD legislator from Polasara in Ganjam district tested positive for COVID-19 on July 24.
Prashant Behera, first time legislator from BJD tested COVID-19 positive
The first-time legislator from the BJD tested positive for the coronavirus on July 8. Behera, the Salepur MLA, his PSO and driver were infected and shifted to a COVID hospital in Cuttack.
Sanjib Mallick, latest addition to the list
Bhadrak MLA Sanjib Mallick has tested positive for COVID-19 on August 21. Mallick informed that his COVID test results came out positive and requested all people who came in his contact to go for COVID test and obey the guidelines.
Today my covid test done and test results got positive .i am requesting all those who were in my contact please do covid test and obey the covid positive guide line.@gyana_r_das @CMO_Odisha @DM_Bhadrak
— SANJIB MALLICK (@Sanjibkumallick) August 21, 2020