Maharashtra Congress held a board meeting in Mumbai on Feb 23, 2021, despite a ban on political, religious, and social gatherings amid COVID-19.
However, despite Thackeray's announcement, the State Congress Chief Nana Patole chaired the Parliamentary Board meeting in Mumbai to discuss state politics, upcoming local body elections, and ongoing farmers' agitation against new farm laws on February 23, 2021. Before the meeting, Patole told reporters that they followed all the COVID-19 guidelines.
Later, Thackery said, "If you want to expand your party, expand it but do not spread coronavirus by organizing mass gatherings".
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