BJP leader Anupam Hazra, who said that he would hug West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee if he gets COVID-19, has now tested positive for the virus.
Hazra posted, “Covid Positive” on his Facebook page on Friday. He is also the new BJP national secretary from West Bengal. At present, he has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata. He had previously complained about uneasiness when his samples were being taken.
After his controversial “COVID hug” statement, a police complaint was also filed against Hazra earlier this week. These comments by Hazra came during a media interaction on Sunday at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas. There he and a large number of BJP workers flouted social distancing norms and did not even bother to wear a mask either.
Hazra while speaking with reporters said that their workers are fighting a bigger enemy than coronavirus and that is Mamata Banerjee. He added that since they were not affected by COVID-19 they are not scared anymore and said that he will hug the CM if he ever does get infected.
He also added that she treated the victims of the virus pathetically. He referred to the alleged dead bodies of COVID-19 victims that were burnt with kerosene. “We don’t even treat cats or dogs like that.”
Following this, a complaint was filed against Hazra by Trinamool Congress’ Refugee Cell for derogatory remarks against a woman and head of the state. The complaint was filed at the Siliguri police station in Darjeeling district.