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Last Updated : Sep 27, 2020 01:45 PM IST | Source: PTI

West Bengal BJP leader Agnimitra Paul tests positive for COVID-19

Agnimitra Paul, who is also a well-known fashion designer, had been touring districts regularly to lead street protests and undertake campaigns against the ruling TMC.

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BJP women’s wing president in West Bengal Agnimitra Paul said on Sunday she has been West Bengal Agnimitra Paul said on Sunday she has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and requested people who came in touch with her recently to get themselves tested.

Paul, who is also a well-known fashion designer, had been touring districts regularly to lead street protests and undertake campaigns against the ruling TMC.

She attended party programmes at state BJP headquarters earlier this week.

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"I have been diagnosed as COVID Positive. I would request everyone who has met me in the last 5 days to get…tested. Thank You,” Paul wrote on Facebook.

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First Published on Sep 27, 2020 01:44 pm
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