It all started after a cabinet minister Mithilesh Thakur and MLA Mathura Mahto were found infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus on Tuesday late night.

The minister, who was inducted as the member in chief minister Hemant Soren’s cabinet from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) quota, has been moved to a Covid-19 ward of Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Even Mahto is undergoing treatment in Dhanbad.

Since CM Hemant Soren and his Press Advisor Abhisheikh Prasad had met them, they have home quarantined themselves. Incidentally, all of them -Thakur, Mahto, Soren, and Prasad were members of the ruling party JMM. 

Against this backdrop, the threat of pandemic looms large in the minds of many others including MLAs and senior state government officials who came in contact with these two lawmakers.

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