Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has tested positive for coronavirus.  The former deputy chief minister of Punjab took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the news and wrote “My health is fine and as per protocol I have isolated myself.” 

The 58-year-old SAD leader added, “I request those who came in contact with me during the last few days to isolate themselves & get tested for Covid – 19.”

Sukhbir on Sunday announced that he will fight the 2022 assembly polls from Jalalabad. This statement came during the first rally of the ‘Punjab Mangda Jawab’ in Jalalabad. 

Meanwhile, the SAD announced postponement of its protest rallies under the ‘Punjab Mangda Jawab’ campaign launched by the party to force the Congress government to answer for allegedly reneging on all the promises made to the people till March 31.  The decision was taken after Badal tested positive for COVID-19, party Spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said.

He said fresh dates for the rallies would be announced in due time.  Cheema said Wednesday’s rally, scheduled to be held at Mukerian, had also been postponed.