Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a pre-budget stakeholder consultation with representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from diverse backgrounds and communities, such as industries, professionals, corporations, academics, economists, women, and tribal and backward classes.
Representatives from 25 states took part in this discussion, including from northeastern states such as Mizoram, Tripura and from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Ladakh and southern states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana.
States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa were also among many more states from central and northern India that made an effective pitch for the development of their regions.
Some prominent Morcha think tanks and presidents also presented their views and suggestions. Senior central party leaders conducted the proceedings from party headquarters. State party chairmen of the respective state party offices were also present in the hybrid mode.
About 20 written comments have been received, which will be compiled and submitted to the Minister of Finance.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Sitharaman thanked all participants for their important input. And party officials thanked her for giving her precious time.