The chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, on Sunday, said his state government’s move to allow some business to operate during the lockdown with riders, after Centre’s nod for the same, wasn’t to facilitate Muslims during their holy month of Ramzan, which was suggested by several people, especially on social media. He said some elements were trying to weaken the fight against the the new coronavirus, Covid-19, by spreading misinformation about the state’s move.
Appearing in a video on his Facebook page, Rupani said, “Some people are also raising questions if we relaxed lockdown norms to facilitate Muslims in the month of Ramzan. Friends, this is a fight against coronavirus – politics in that too? Some elements are trying to weaken the fight by spreading misinformation, but they will not succeed. For us, the safety of 6.5 crore Gujaratis is the only goal. For us, there is no discrimination between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians …”
He then added, “I pity those people who don’t let go an opportunity to do politics by such nonsensical talks (especially) during a time when entire humanity is facing a crisis.”
CM Vijay Rupani’s address to Gujaratis