Congress MLA Imran Khedawala was allegedly asked to leave the AMC’s monthly common body meeting on Friday after Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel in a random order decided not to consider his COVID-19 negative test results.
Khedawala who had tested positive some five months ago has recovered from the disease. The AMC has so far been organizing the meet online but decided to hold a physical meeting this time in Tagore hall in Paldi on Friday.
What happened to Imran Khedawala?
The AMC also made it mandatory for everyone attending the meet to come with a COVID-19 negative test result.
Those who tested positive could attend the meet online.
Imran Khedawala said he too carried a rapid antigen test result with him to attend the meet but Mayor Bijal Patel decided not to consider his negative test report. Khedawala had tested himself on September 20.
The Jamalpur MLA later tweeted that the mayor was taking dictatorial decisions. “Mayor Bijal Patel prevented me from attending the meet at Tagore Hall. The antigen test for COVID-19 is accepted by the Gujarat government but it is not acceptable for the mayor. I wonder if the Mayor’s decision supersedes that of the Gujarat Chief minister in this state,” said Khedawala.
To ensure that all councillors who wanted to attend the monthly meet get tested, the AMC organised COVID-19 tests at Tagore Hall on September 23 and 24.
Khedawal said when he went to attend the meet, Mayor Bijal Patel asked him to leave. He said he was thrown out despite being shown the negative COVID-19 test done by the AMC’s health department.
He then took to Twitter to complain about the issue. It should be noted that five months ago when he had tested COVID-19 positive, Imran Khedawala had also met chief minister Vijay Rupani a few days before his condition emerged.
As a result, Rupani had to go into quarantine and had to function for a fortnight from his bungalow.
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