Lok Sabha session to end on Wednesday amid rising coronavirus cases

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Parliament of India (File Photo)
Parliament of India (File Photo)

New Delhi : After noticing rising cases of coronavirus and ensuring good health of the MPs, the government has decided to end the Lok Sabha Monsoon Session of Parliament on Wednesday. The Centre is concerned for the safety of MPs after three of them - who had attended the session - tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, days after their mandatory test reports turned out negative.

The Centre had earlier held a discussion with the Opposition as it had been trying to build a consensus. The Opposition leaders have also agreed upon the idea of early winding up the session.

Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament, is expected to follow suit.

Seventeen members of the Lok Sabha and eight from the Rajya Sabha had tested positive for the coronavirus in the mandatory tests carried out before the monsoon session of parliament started. Among the infected Lok Sabha MPs, the BJP had the maximum number -- 12. The YSR Congress had two MPs, the Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP had one each.

Earlier this week, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel - who had tested negative before the session - were found positive for the coronavirus.