Deputy Mayor Saraswati Shendge lashes out on media over false reports on her being COVID-19 positive

ST Staff
Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Deputy Mayor Saraswati Shendge lashed out on media and television channels in particular over false news on her being tested positive for COVID-19

Pune: Deputy Mayor Saraswati Shendge lashed out on media and television channels in particular over false news on her being tested positive for Covid-19. Shendge. She also demanded that the media organisations should issue a clarification as her relatives, colleagues, followers and voters are concerned and constantly calling her up to inquire about her health.

Shendge has recorded a video in which she has clarified that her health is perfectly fine. "Mediapersons should at least check with me personally before publishing and flashing the news of me being infected with the coronavirus. Many people have started calling me to inquire about my health and are worried now," she said.

Saraswati Shendge is a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Corporator and was elected as the Deputy Mayor in a general body meeting held at Pune Municipal Corporation in November 2019. She had contested on a BJP ticket from the Navi Peth-Parvati constituency. She was elected deputy mayor along with Murlidhar Mohol as Mayor and both had secured 97 votes during the mayoral elections.

Co-incidentally Mohol had tested positive for Covid-19 on July 4 and has been admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. A day after Mohol’s positive test report, another BJP leader and former MLA Yogesh Tilekar was also infected with the coronavirus. Mohol’s family members were also found to have got the infection and have been kept in isolation at home. With several catching the coronavirus infection, fear has gripped political circles with many leaders home quarantining themselves and connecting with their constituents through video calls. Shendge’s name cropped up in political circles as being tested as COVID-positive which led to certain media organisations carrying the news.

Shendge said, “The news is false. I don’t know how my name has been taken by journalists, but it is totally baseless. Journalists should have confirmed before broadcasting the news. All news channels should apologise and issue a clarification.”

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