At a time when the issue of the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz and its subsequent repercussions on the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country is yet to die down, the callous attitude of a legislator in Gujarat has left the government in a shock.
Notably, Congress MLA from Jamalpur Khadia, Imran Khedawala, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening. However, he had met Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, and Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja. Not just this, Khedawala had also met the chief secretary, health secretary, director general of police, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation commissioner, and other Congress MLAs. He had also interacted with several journalists.
This has created a panic as if the people he had met test positive for COVID-19, the government’s machinery which is fighting the battle against COVID-19 might come to a grinding halt. People are also criticising Khedawala, who otherwise has helped the authorities in their fight against COVID-19, for his callous attitude as he should not have met so many people after his sample was taken two days back for exhibiting symptoms akin to coronavirus.
Notably, Khedawala along with two other MLAs from the old city areas—Gyasuddin Sheikh and Shailesh Parmar—had a meeting with the CM, health minister, and home minister on Tuesday afternoon before the government took a call to impose curfew in these areas to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He had also participated in a meeting with municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra, home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, and senior officials from Ahmedabad police around a week back. Since Khedawala met them within the past 10 days, all these officials and ministers might have to be quarantined as a precautionary measure.
Questions are also being raised why the officials and ministers did not wear masks, especially when Ahmedabad has emerged as a virus hotspot with more than 50 per cent of the cases in Gujarat being reported from the city. This is a serious lapse on the part of the legislator as well as the authorities and if the people in-charge of the battle against COVID-19 test positive, who will take care of the common people?