'Exposed to coronavirus': Priyanka Gandhi self-isolates, drops out of poll rallies in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Friday she has been exposed to the coronavirus and will self-isolate herself after doctors' advice. Gandhi said as a consequence, her election programs scheduled this week for Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have to be cancelled. According to news agency PTI, her decision to self-isolate came after her husband Robert Vadra tested positive for Covid-19. In a video message posted on her official Twitter handle, Gandhi also apologised for the cancellation of her programmes and wished luck to all the candidates that she was supposed to campaign for.
"Although I tested negative yesterday, doctors have advised that I self-isolate for a few days. Unfortunately, I have to cancel the programmes scheduled for me for the Assam campaign today and for Tamil Nadu tomorrow and Kerala day-after-tomorrow," the Congress leader was heard saying.
Gandhi’s husband, Vadra, earlier informed that he recently came into contact with a Covid-19 positive person and had tested positive for coronavirus. Although asymptomatic, he and his wife had decided to go into self-isolation, Vadra said.
Gandhi has been actively campaigning in the poll-bound states of Assam and Kerala. She has done two tours of Assam till now and her third visit to the northeastern state was scheduled for Friday. She was also slated to visit Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu's Kanchipuram district on Saturday, where her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991. Following the visit, the Congress leader was supposed to start her campaign for the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, where her party is contesting on 25 seats in alliance with the DMK.
The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.