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After HC directive to consider lockdown in view of Covid surge, CM expanded night curfew to 20 cities
Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday scoffed at memes going viral that he had stopped short of imposing a lockdown despite rising Covid-19 cases since his son Rushabh’s wedding had been planned in near future.
Furious by the memes that instead of a lockdown his government went in for extending the night curfew in 20 cities of the State, Rupani ridiculed all speculations and asserted that arresting the coronavirus spread was his top priority.
The memes on social media attributed the Chief Minister’s reluctance to announce a lockdown to his son’s wedding.
One meme made fun of him stating: “There won’t be any lockdown in the state, because I have my son’s wedding scheduled.”
Rupani tweeted, “These are baseless speculations. There was no plan for my son’s wedding in May. These are fake news on social media. The complete attention of the State Government is on containing the spread of Covid-19 in Gujarat.”
Rupani became a butt of jokes and memes on the social media after the Gujarat High Court urged the State to consider a lockdown of three-four days to break the chain of the virus.
After this, there was widespread speculation of an impending lockdown that even provoked panic buying by people in various markets.
The Chief Minister, however, later said his government would not take any measure that would put the people to hardship, while making every possible effort to fight the spread of Covid-19.
So instead of any lockdown, the State Government advanced night curfew timings by one hour and imposed it across 20 cities, instead of just four major cities earlier.
This was decided at the meeting of the core committee, comprising the Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Chief Secretary Anil Mukim and Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi, among others.
Stating that things had gone out of control, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the State to impose a curfew for three or four days or in the weekend given the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases averaging over 3,000 a day.
The court had opined that the situation called for a lockdown.