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BJP’s Bihar poll in-charge Devendra Fadnavis tests COVID-19 positive

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BJP’s Bihar inc-charge Devendra Fadnavis has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, the former Maharashtra chief minister announced his COVID-19 positive status.

“God wants me to stop for a while and take a break!” said Devendra Fadnavis in a tweet. The Maha BJP leader has been overseeing the poll campaign in Bihar.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi who is also overseeing the campaign has also tested positive for the disease.

Modi had earlier held a joint campaign with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in Buxar and Bhojpur. Devendra Fadnavis also urged all those who came in contact with him to get tested for COVID-19.

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“I have been working every single day since the lockdown but now it seems that God wants me to stop for a while and take a break! I have tested #COVID19 positive and in isolation. Taking all medication & treatment as per the advice of the doctors,” the tweet by Devendra Fadnavis read.

Devendra Fadnavis and the poll campaign in Bihar

The poll campaigning in Bihar has elicited a lot of criticism for all political parties as rallies have attracted a crowd with COVID-19 norms going for a toss.

Bihar elections will be held in three-phase and voting for the 243-member state assembly will begin October 28. The second and third phases will be held on November 3 and 7. The results will be declared on November 10.

Earlier, the BJP had released its poll manifesto promising among other things free COVID-19 vaccine for all. The promise was lampooned by the opposition questioning how the government can promise free vaccines for just one state.

The Opposition had also pointed to the futility of announcing the scheme when the vaccine was still in the development stage.

 

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