Mayor Bijal Patel found herself at the receiving end of social media users ire and jokes after a photograph of her attending a public event without a mask went viral. Netizens began to question as to why Patel should not be fined Rs200 for not wearing a mask in public. It should be noted that as per the state government’s notification, anyone found to be in public without a mask is to be fined Rs200.
The netizens also questioned as to how can the first citizen of the city be allowed to get away with violating COVID-19 norms.
A photograph of Patel went viral in which SBI Life Insurance had donated 5000 PPE kits to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. A picture of the donation saw everyone in the frame sporting a mask but the first citizen of the city chose not to wear one.
એસ.બી.આઇ લાઇફ ઇન્સ્યુરન્સ દ્વારા અમદાવાદ મ્યુનિસિપલ કોર્પોરેશનને PPE કીટ દાન સ્વીકારવાનો કાર્યક્રમ મારા સત્તાવાર નિવાસ સ્થાને જ હતો,
જેથી મે માસ્ક પહેરેલ નહતો,તેમ છતાંય શુભેરછકોએ મારું ધ્યાન દોર્યું છે,
મારા સ્વાસ્થ્યની ચિંતા કરવા બદલ આપ સૌની ઋણી છું.#MaruAmdavad #HealthyAmdavad
— Bijal Patel 🇮🇳 (@ibijalpatel) May 29, 2020
Citizens questioned as to how Patel, who actively participated in the #HunPanCoronaWarrior campaign by sporting a mask and urging citizens to wear one, could attend a public event without a mask. They also commented on how the mayor seemed to think that the rules were for the common citizen and not her.