Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot tests positive for COVID-19

Goes into isolation after his wife is also infected.

April 29, 2021 11:46 am | Updated 07:17 pm IST - JAIPUR

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19, though he announced that he was feeling well and did not have any symptoms. Mr. Gehlot’s wife Sunita, who had earlier tested positive, is being treated for the infection.

In a Twitter post written in Hindi, the 69-year-old senior Congress leader said he would continue working in isolation, while following the COVID-19 protocols. Mr. Gehlot had gone into self-isolation as a precaution on Wednesday after his wife tested positive.

Get-well wishes poured in for the Chief Minister from all over the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished for his speedy recovery and wrote on Twitter: “Praying for the good health and fast recovery of Rajasthan CM Shri @ashokgehlot51 Ji and his wife, Smt. Sunita Ji.”

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra also prayed for an early recovery of both Mr. Gehlot and his wife. Medical & Health Minister Raghu Sharma said Mr. Gehlot’s health was of “immense significance” for the people of the State, as he was trying to get relief from the pandemic with full alertness.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken, Pradesh Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra, BJP State president Satish Poonia, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria and others also wished for Mr. Gehlot's recovery.

Mr. Gehlot has been actively taking part in the meetings with the officials to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the State and looking after other administrative works. He will be interacting with the experts and officials through video conferencing while in isolation at his official residence.

Presiding over a meeting on Wednesday night, the Chief Minister said the high number of deaths had shown the dangerous situation during the second wave of the infection. He asked the officials to make all possible efforts to save the lives of people.

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