New Delhi: While people across the country are putting a tough fight against the deadly coronavirus, Dadarao Keche, a BJP MLA from Maharashtra’s Wardha district allegedly violated the lockdown norms by distributing dry ration to people at his residence to mark his birthday. Also Read - Maharashtra Couple Exchanges Wedding Vows Through Video Call Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

If reports are to be believed at least one hundred people gathered outside the MLA’s residence to receive free grains before officials and police personnel reached the spot and dispersed them.  This comes at a time when the leaders and doctors have stressed on social distancing as a key to combat the COVID-19 spread. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Mulls to Lift Curfew in Phased Manner After April 14 But Conditions Applied

Confirming the incident, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Harish Dharmik said the MLA, Dadarao Keche, will face action under the Epidemic Diseases Act. He said the MLA did not take any permission from administration in view of the ongoing lockdown to check the spread of novel coronavirus.

However, the MLA has denied the incident and said it was a “political conspiracy” against him by his opponents.

“I distribute food to the poor and needy every year on my birthday. I was planning to distribute food grains only to 21 families. After doing that I left for a temple but then opposition conspired and spread the message that I was distributing free ration to everyone. This resulted in mass gathering,” India Today quoted the BJP leader as saying.