Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has tested negative for COVID-19 and will be leaving for Rajkot this afternoon to cast his vote in the municipal corporation election. His sample for an RT-PCR test was taken today and it has come negative.
He will be abiding by all COVID-19 safety guidelines prescribed by the State Election Commission while exercising his franchise. The CM is likely to cast his vote at around 5.15 pm, while the voting will come to an end at 6 pm. The CM will be casting his vote in a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir in Jivannagar Society 1 in his hometown in Rajkot.
Notably, the CM had fainted on stage while addressing a rally in Vadodara on February 14 after which he was flown to Ahmedabad and admitted to the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre. The hospital had then said that all his vital parameters were stable, but he had tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, Rupani was availing treatment at the hospital.
CM appeals voters
The chief minister also requested people to exercise their voting rights to strengthen democracy. He appealed to the voters to participate in the festival of democracy while following COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance.
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Notably, Union home minister Amit Shah along with his family also cast their votes in the Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Like Rupani, Shah too requested people to exercise their voting rights.
Local body elections in Gujarat
The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.
In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organised for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.
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