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Madhya Pradesh Assembly Winter Session Postponed Due to Covid-19

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The winter session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, which was scheduled to begin on December 28, was postponed in light of the “Covid-19 situation,” an official said on Sunday, hours after the protem speaker revealed that 61 employees and officials of the assembly secretariat and five MLAs tested positive for the coronavirus.

The decision to postpone the three-day session was made at an all-party meeting held here in the evening, he said.

“The three-day session has been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. The three days (of the session that will now be eliminated) will be added to the Budget session, which would be long, ”the main secretary of the Legislative Assembly, AP Singh, told reporters.

The all-party meeting was attended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Interior Minister Narottam Mishra, Chairman of the State Congressional Unit Kamal Nath and others.

Meanwhile, former Union Minister Arun Yadav said that Congress will continue to hold protests against the three agricultural laws passed by the Center.

Congress had previously announced that party leaders will arrive at the Assembly campus on Monday in tractors to protest these laws.

Earlier in the day, Assembly Protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma told reporters that 61 employees and officials of the state Assembly secretariat have so far tested positive for coronavirus.

“In addition, five infected MLAs were also found according to reports received so far,” he said, after taking stock of the preparation for the session.

Sharma also said the MLAs and their personal staff had been asked to undergo a coronavirus test before the session began.

“So far 20 MLA test reports have been received. Reports from several other lawmakers are still awaited. Reports from more employees and officials are also yet to come, ”he added.

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