Guwahati: Aminul Haque Laskar, an Assam MLA who represents the Sonai Constituency and is also the Deputy Speaker in the Legislative Assembly, has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
According to media reports, facilities at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) are being arranged for him to be transferred to the hospital. However, it is also possible that he could opt for treatment at home, instead.
Laskar was reportedly suffering from fever for a few days due to which he had to skip official meetings. His sample was finally tested for the virus and he tested positive. Laskar's driver also tested positive for the contagious disease. It needs mention here that the legislator suffers from another serious disease: diabetes.
It needs mention here that Aminul Haque Laskar has been elected in the Assam Legislative Assembly election in 2016 from Sonai constituency, which is a part of the Silchar Lok Sabha Constituency. Notably, he was the only Muslim to be elected to the state's legislative assembly on a BJP ticket.
Aminul was also elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly on 31 July 2019.
Laskar is one of several high-profile politicians from the state who have been infected with the deadly virus.
In the Barak Valley itself, Sushmita Dev of the Congress, a former Lok Sabha MP, was infected with the contagious disease. Dev was admitted to the SMCH hospital on July 8 after she tested positive for COVID-19.
She later tested negative for the contagious disease after 12 days and announced the development via microblogging platform Twitter. "I watched the doctors, nurses, staff, and the microbiology team of the Silchar Medical college closely. They are very efficient despite the tough circumstances. I thank them for taking good care of me", she said in her tweet.