GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Assembly's budget session might be curtailed by a week due to the COVID-19 scare. The session which was scheduled to conclude on March 31st may now end on or before 26th March.
A source in the Secretariat said, "Some ongoing procedures have been told to be hurried up by the government to wrap up the session before the scheduled date."
Gujarat's Rajya Sabha elections for four seats is scheduled for March 26th.
The state though has no case of the novel coronavirus but the government claims that they are fully prepared to tackle any situation. Over a hundred samples have been tested and none of them came positive.
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The state has closed all cinemas, educational institutions and swimming pools for a fortnight following the Centre's guidelines. The 'Statue of Unity' and the Assembly were also shut down.
Raising the coronavirus scare, the Congress on Monday staged a walkout, demanding postponement of the budget session. But Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel brushed aside the demand saying there had been not a single case in the state.
They also alleged that the Congress' demand was not out of concern for the public but for the political crisis they are facing.
Many other states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Maharashtra have curtailed their budget sessions.
The Congress members remained absent on Tuesday and Wednesday after their walkout on Monday.