File photo of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has tested negative for COVID-19 for the second time on June 28, after returning from Manipur and New Delhi.

“He (Sangma) has been under home quarantine for the past four days after his return from Manipur and Delhi,” a press communiqué issued from the Chief Minister’s Office said.

“The first test was conducted on June 22 and the second test on June 28,” the communiqué said about the test conducted on the chief minister.

“As a precautionary measure, the chief minister will be under home quarantine for a few more days. This was the second RT-PCR test conducted on the chief minister within this week,” the statement further stated.

The first swab samples of Sangma was collected and sent for testing at the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences on June 22 when he returned from Manipur after four of his National People’s Party legislators withdrew support to the N Biren Singh-led government.

Sangma, who is also the NPP national president once again left for Manipur on June 23 and together with the rebel NPP legislators and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma flew for New Delhi for a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda.

It was after the meeting the four legislators once again decided to extend support to the BJP-led government in Manipur.

Meanwhile, the team of officials and police, who accompanied the chief minister to Guwahati were also tested negative and they are also under home quarantine.

The Meghalaya government has termed these political visits of the chief minister as official and cited notification that granted such visits of the CM and other senior officials during the pandemic.

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