Mysuru, August 4:- With the senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah testing positive for coronavirus, his house at Sharadadevi Nagar here has been sanitised and sealed down. Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Gurudutta Hegde was at the spot when Siddaramaiah’s house was sanitised.
Mysuru Press Club has also been sanitised and there won’t be any programmes at least for the next three or four days. Only a couple of days back, Siddaramaiah had held a presser at the Mysuru Press Club in connection with the state government’s decision to amend the Land Reforms Act.
With Siddaramaiah testing positive, as a precautionary measure, Press Club will be bereft of activities for the time being. Many Congress leaders, journalists and Press Club staff who were present during Siddaramaiah’s press conference are likely to be quarantined.
In fact, on July 31, Siddaramaiah spoke to the media near his residence. Congress district president B J Vijay Kumar who was standing next to the former chief minister is likely to be quarantined in the next couple of days.
The Press Club has sent a list of reporters/photographers who were present during Siddaramaiah’s press conference. The fate of 100-odd people will be known only after they are tested.
Former minister and Congress leader Dr H C Mahadevappa, a confidante of Siddaramaiah, spoke to the media in the city on Tuesday. He said, “We are feeling sad that Siddaramaiah has tested positive for the virus. I shall pray to God for his speedy recovery.”
He said, “Given the tough situation, people and supporters need to stay away from the political leaders to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Even I was in contact with Siddaramaiah very recently. I will certainly take the necessary steps I may be asked to take.”
Dr Mahadevappa also prayed for the speedy recovery of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. “Political leaders are forced to be in contact with the public for many reasons. They need to be extra careful. Primary and secondary contacts of the leaders also have to self-quarantine or get tested if the need arises.” (MR/KS)