Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, who had recently endorsed a brand called 'Bhabhiji papad' claiming that eating it would help fight coronavirus, tested positive for the infection on Saturday.
The minister, a BJP Member of Parliament from Bikaner, was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at around 10 am after he complained of difficulty in breathing.
His condition is said to be stable now. Meghwal is receiving treatment under Neeraj Nishchal, a professor at the Department of Medicine at AIIMS.
Meghwal, the Junior Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, recently claimed that the 'papad' had a role in boosting the immunity and antibodies that could help cure COVID-19.
A video of the minister endorsing 'Bhabhiji papad', which he called a health supplement, was doing rounds on social media.
"Under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative, a papad manufacturer has come up with this product that will aid the formation of antibodies to fight the coronavirus,” the minister had said in the video, “This papad will prove useful in the fight against coronavirus.” He had added that the papad has all the spices as prescribed by Ayush Mantralaya to prepare ‘kadha’ to boost immunity against Covid-19.
As soon as the video went viral, the minister was criticized for making “misleading” and “unscientific claims” on coronavirus treatment.