“We will go ahead with the trip. The idea is to only understand development work in the state and is not politically motivated,” said Dr Ram Barot, committee chairperson. Last week, HT had reported on how the 26-member committee was planning to visit temples in Somnath and Dwarka, spot lions at the Gir wildlife sanctuary and meet the party poster boy, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as part of sponsored ‘study’ tour.
Opposition party members claimed the tour was “politically motivated”. Dnyanraj Nikam, opposition leader (Congress), said, “Mumbai is ten times more developed than Gujarat. The trip is politically motivated and none of us will be participating in it.”