Cold, cough, upset stomach hit leaders

Day two of the brainstorming event saw a few Congress leaders out of shape as over a dozen delegates complained of cold and cough and upset stomach. Some leaders at the shivir also complained of high blood pressure. The leaders who complained of ill health were immediately attended to and given mild treatment.

The morning session threw most leaders off guard. Chhattisgarh CLP leader Ravindra Choubey was the first to reach the venue at 9.05 am while Union Social Justice Minister P Balram was the last to reach at 10.30 am for the first session of the day slated to begin at 9.30 am. Buses hired to ferry leaders kept waiting while the delegates preferred to drive down in separate cars.

Several leaders gave their official accommodation in hotels a miss and chose to stay with relatives or acquaintances based in the city. Union minister Preneet Kaur stayed with her relatives while Jharkhand CLP leader

R P Singh stayed in a haveli hosted by an acquaintance.

The organising committee put out a lavish fare with as many as 80 dishes for breakfast and 55 for lunch but several leaders were seen asking for eggs that were deliberately kept out of the vegetarian fare. However, the leaders were obliged immediately.

After a hectic first day on Friday followed by an official dinner at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence, youth leaders of the party were seen huddled together at Hotel Park Prime to continue discussions. The meeting was held in Minister of State for HRD Jitin Prasada's room and was attended by Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

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