Police turn away mask-less Mysuru MP Pratap Simha from Vidhana Soudha | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In a rare instance of an MP not getting his way with police or government employees, cops and health department officials on duty at Vidhana Soudha on Friday refused to allow Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha to enter the building since he was not wearing a mask.
The BJP-administered state government, Simha’s own party, has made it mandatory for everyone to wear a mask while out in public as a safety measure against Covid-19. However, while this is not the first time Simha is flouting the rule, on Friday, police and officials ensured he did not get away with it, turning back the two-time MP at the West gate, sources said.
Vigilance has been heightened around the state secretariat after an employee working out of Vikasa Soudha, the adjacent building, tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. Vikasa Soudha was sanitized and all staff told to work from home until further orders. In the wake of this scare, officials at Vidhana Soudha were directed not to allow people to enter without masks, a senior police officer said.
When asked for his comments, Simha said, “This was not an incident of forgetting to wear the mask. I had an appointment with minister Byrati Basavaraj and after getting down from my car, I enquired with police and health staff from which gate I should enter to reach room No 337. A constable told me at the gate that I should wear the mask: I said I was enquiring about the gate. I went back to my vehicle, wore the mask and returned.”

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