BJP MLA and former state science and technology minister Govind Patel on Sunday said workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were not infected by the novel coronavirus since they worked hard. The Rajkot (South) legislator’s remarks on coronavirus comes months after he himself contracted the infection.
“Those who work, do labour work, remain unaffected by the corona(virus). Workers of the BJP have done work, have done labour work and none of them has been infected,” Patel said Sunday.
The former minister was interacting with the media after attending a meeting of local MLAs, MPs and corporators of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) and local state government officers for speeding up Covid-19 vaccination drive.
His statement came after reporters asked him if the recent local body polls in the
state were responsible for a spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.
Blaming people for not complying with the guidelines for Covid-19 compliant behaviour, Patel said, “People are seen to behave irresponsibly. They are not wearing face mask while moving on roads, they sit in crowds while dining in a restaurant or having refreshment at lari-galla or paan shops, they form mobs,” the MLA said.
Incidentally, Patel himself had contracted Covid-19 a few months ago but had recovered from the disease without any major complications.
Earlier, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, state BJP unit chief CR Paatil and several ruling party MLAs had tested positive for the virus.