Ahmedabad Diary: Cong skips Budget day to attend C’garh party meet
Even after losing the post of Opposition and the win of the BJP in Gujarat, Congress leaders don’t appear to have changed their ways.
Published: 27th February 2023 09:25 AM | Last Updated: 27th February 2023 09:25 AM | A+A A-
Cong skips Budget day to attend C’garh party meet
Even after losing the post of Opposition and the win of the BJP in Gujarat, Congress leaders don’t appear to have changed their ways. The BJP government’s presentation of the budget to the Gujarat legislature on Friday was not attended by the Congress. On the condition of anonymity, a top Gujarat Congress official stated, “Most of the leaders, including the senior Congress MLAs, went to the Chhattisgarh Congress convention on the day the BJP government in assembly presented its budget. Wouldn’t it have worked if these congress leaders had arrived at the convocation one day later?”
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Dilip Singh Kshatriya
Our correspondent in Gujarat