With Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani testing positive for COVID-19, several BJP functionaries who were working in tandem with the CM in the campaign for the local body polls scheduled later this month are under fear of contracting the viral infection.
Notably, CM Rupani while addressing a poll rally in Vadodara last week fainted on stage after which he was flown to Ahmedabad and admitted to the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre for treatment. There he tested positive for COVID-19, thereby creating panic among party workers and leaders who were in close contact with him in the past few days.
Congress demands COVID-19 tests
Congress is now demanding that all people who were on stage during the last three public meetings attended by Rupani should be tested for COVID-19. The list of people who had shared the stage with the chief minister includes MPs, MLAs, BJP office bearers and around 44 candidates fielded by the party from 11 wards in Vadodara.
Notably, thousands of BJP supporters were present in the public meetings attended by the CM in Tarsali, Sangam Char Rasta and Nizampura area of Vadodara. This apart, Vadodara MP Ranjanben Bhatt, Vijay Shah, MLAs and poll candidates were present on stage.
BJP says no need for COVID-19 test
Rejecting the demand of Congress, BJP president (Vadodara city) Vijay Shah said there is no need to carry out COVID-19 tests of party functionaries. He also claimed that BJP leaders who had attended the public meetings addressed by CM Rupani had worn masks and followed the safety guidelines for COVID-19. Shah has also appealed to party workers to continue the election campaign.
Apart from the Vadodara public events, CM Rupani addressed two public meetings in Bhavnagar on February 12 and the next day and attended an event where BAPS donated money for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Interestingly Ram Janmabhoomi Teerthkshetra Trustee Govind Devgiriji Maharaj had also come in close contact with the chief minister.
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