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Three more MLAs test Covid-19 positive, Minister CT Ravi in quarantine

Bengaluru, July 12, 2020: Three more Congress MLAs, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of KPCC president DK Shivakumar at the KPCC office on Thursday, tested positive for Covid-19.

Ajay Singh (Jewargi), TD Raje Gowda (Sringeri) and Abbayya Prasad (Hubballi-Dharwad East) tested positive and the office was sealed. Ajay Singh’s brother Vijay Singh (MLC) decided to undergo self-quarantine since he was with him.

Many legislators who participated in the event sent their swab samples for testing, sources said. Kunigal MLA Dr HD Ranganath and Anekal MLA B Shivanna were diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier last week.

Tourism minister CT Ravi, also district in-charge of Chikkamagalur, on Saturday decided to self-quarantine after two aides tested positive. His swab and blood samples were collected on Saturday. He’s now staying in his farm house. “It’s the second test. Earlier, my swab sample was tested on July 6 and the result was negative,” he said.

Eshwarappa, Simha and Darshan flout restrictions Rural development and panchayat raj minister KS Eshwarappa, Mysuru MP Pratap Simha and Kannada film star Darshan Thoogudeepa have been accused of violating Covid-19 restrictions as they visited Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hills on Friday.

Following a surge in cases, the district administration had imposed restrictions on Ashada Fridays but the minister, MP and actor offered prayers there. Deputy mayor C Sridhar had also accompanied Darshan during his visit, officials said. Thousands of people visit the temple on the occasion of Ashada Fridays. Fearing that they won’t observe social distancing norms, the authorities had barred entry to the public.

Minister’s aide hosts party Health minister Sreeramulu’s close aide and BJP leader from Gadag Shivana Gowda SH hosted a birthday party on Friday night and violated guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus. Many of those attending the party were without face masks and violated social distancing norms and these were captured in photo and video clips. “We have visuals and we’re examining them. The party happened late Friday night. We’re going to file a case,’’ said Gadag SP.

Cong MLA seeks intervention Former minister and Gadag Congress MLA HK Patil sought intervention of the state human rights commission over alleged mismanagement of pandemic mitigation measures. In his letter and a statement released on Friday, Patil said the people of Karnataka have been subjected to human rights violations by government officials and these include denial of a respectful burial, lack of access to medical infrastructure.

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