Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Sunday fainted on stage whereas addressing a rally in Vadodara forward of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) elections.
While BJP chief and former Mayor of town, Dr Jigeesha Seth, rushed to Rupani’s support and helped him achieve consciousness, a medical workforce accompanied him from Vadodara to Ahmedabad’s UN Mehta hospital.
When he collapsed, Rupani was at his third venue in Vadodara’s Nizampura, after having addressed rallies in Tarsali and Sangam areas of town.
Sunil Solanki, General Secretary, BJP Vadodara, stated, “The CM was visibly tired but had not complained of being ill when he arrived. We could sense he was tired because he has been on a campaign blitzkrieg. We immediately had doctors attending to him. He was in a conscious state when he left for Ahmedabad. He will head straight to UN Mehta hospital, where he will undergo a detailed health check-up. We can’t speculate on the cause of what happened.”
BJP state president CR Paatil, nonetheless, instructed reporters Rupani had been working a fever for the previous few days, however was campaigning regardless of requests from occasion leaders to relaxation.
Paatil instructed reporters, “He (Rupani) had been running a fever. We had requested him to skip the campaign, but he is such a committed leader that he continued to address gatherings. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
In his speeches in Tarsali and Sangam, Rupani spoke of the BJP’s ‘commitment to development’. Rupani started his marketing campaign from Ward 17 of Tarsali, which has seen a massive uproar amongst occasion staff since candidates had been introduced on February 5.
Among the 4 folks fielded in Ward 17 is Shailesh Patil — a first-time candidate and a relative of Surat’s Limbayat Assembly BJP MLA Sangita Patil.
During his deal with, Rupani additionally spoke in regards to the difficulty of ‘love jihad’ and stated the state authorities was contemplating a regulation to curb circumstances of “forced interfaith marriages, involving conversions”.
“In the next Assembly session, the state cabinet will pass the law against love jihad. Those who indulge in coercion and religious conversion in the name of marriage and love cannot be allowed to escape. There have been demands for the law and the state government is examining its need and importance. It is significant that Gujarat is the next state after Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh where the law against love jihad is under discussion,” the CM stated.
Rupani additionally spoke in regards to the stringent Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Act and the Gujarat Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2020. “The GCTOC is a law to break anti-social elements. Either they must surrender and end criminal acts or they must leave Gujarat. We are also dealing strictly with land grabbing cases with the new laws. BJP is committed to passing strict laws. The next will be on love jihad,” he stated.
Gujarat already has a regulation in place, Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003, which prohibits non secular conversion for marriage. Rupani’s point out of a selected regulation to take care of ‘love jihad’ comes within the backdrop of Vadodara witnessing a case of an interfaith marriage, the place BJP leaders, together with MP Ranjan Bhatt, had “counselled” the Hindu woman to rethink her marriage to her Muslim husband final month.
Vadodara’s Dabhoi Assembly Constituency MLA Shailesh Mehta had additionally written to Rupani, in search of a regulation to offer punishment for pressured non secular conversion for marriage.