Anant Kumar Hegde, former Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the incumbent Member of Parliament for Uttara Kannada constituency has been found to be COVID-19 positive.
He was found to be COVID positive after the mandatory tests were carried out before the monsoon session this morning. The Lok Sabha members were tested at the Parliament House on September 13 and September 14.At least 17 MPs have tested positive for coronavirus.
Including Anand Kumar hegde, Meenakshi Lekhi and Parvesh Sahib there are 17 MPs who were found to be infected with COVID-19. Others who have been detected COVID-19 positive include Sukhbir Singh, Hanuman Beniwal, Sukanata Majumdar, Goddeti Madhavi, Pratap Rao Jadav, Janardan Singh, Bidyut Baran, Pradan Baruah, N Reddeppa, Selvam G, Pratap Rao Patil, Ram Shankar Katheria, Satya Pal Singh and Rodmal Nagar.
Anant Kumar Hegde- The Rabble Rouser
Hegde, a long time RSS and ABVP member is known for making controversial statements against anybody who does not agree with RSS ideology. He has called for changing the constitution and has made many crass statements against women and Muslims.
During the early phase of the COVID 19 crisis, he had downplayed the disease saying that there is no such thing as Corona, it’s only running nose and cold.
On June 18, 2020, when the BJP Government in Karnataka observed “Mask Day” in the state to create awareness among the masses during the COVID-19 crisis, Ananth Kumar Hegde was seen attending a meeting in Karwar without wearing a mask.
Social media users debated that when an elected representative cannot follow the norm and observe the “Mask Day” how was the government expecting general people to follow it.
When questioned about not using a mask, he said, “When I look at people with masks, I am reminded of Ramayana”.