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Gujarat Food and Civil Supplies Minister Narottam Patel turned 77 with a novel celebration in which he was weighed with blood on a weighing scale decorated with flowers on Wednesday.
The celebration was organized apparently to impress the Patel community, a big vote bank in the election-bound Gujarat.
BJP party workers and his supporters organized a blood donation camp across Surat. They reportedly collected 70 liters of blood to match the minister’s 70 kg. on the massive weighing scale for the bizarre celebration.
On one side of the scale sat the minister with a smile and on the other sat an ice box filled with blood bags, party sources said.
Trying to draw mileage from the celebration, the minister drew parallels with freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose and said Bose had once said, “I will fight for the people, considering that they have given me their blood.”
Two years ago, BJP’s R.C. Faldu was weighed with blood by his supporters, sources said.