MLAs of the ruling Congress party and supporters of the Ashok Gehlot regime are scheduled to return to Jaipur on Thursday from Udaipur’s luxurious Taj Aravali hotel.
Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, cabinet minister in the Rajasthan government, told India Today that MLAs would arrive in Jaipur on Thursday afternoon.
On June 2, the MLAs stayed at a five-star hotel in Udaipur. Rajya Sabha elections are scheduled for June 10.
Congress MLAs and supporters of the ruling dispensation have been partying at the five-star Taj Aravali hotel in Udaipur. The members of Congress have been enjoying good food, exercising, and even watching magic shows.
The move comes at a time when local residents in the state have been facing a variety of issues, including unemployment and skyrocketing fuel prices. The Covid health assistants have also staged dharnas at the Shaheed Smarak in Jaipur for more than two months, urging the government to reinstate their jobs lost during the Covid pandemic.
While people in the state have been left at the mercy of no one, Ashok Gehlot has been working tirelessly to ensure that the party’s central leadership’s wishes are met.
The Congress party claims to have the support of 126 MLAs, including its own. However, it requires 123 MLAs to vote for its three candidates to ensure their victory.
“All three of our candidates will win. The BJP wants to once again try to indulge in horse-trading. It does not have the numbers to ensure the victory of Subhash Chandra,” Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said.
A total of 150 rooms have been booked at the Taj Aravali hotel by the Congress for its MLAs, ministers, and senior leaders. These include Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Singh Surjewala, and Mukul Wasnik, among others. The cost of a room at this luxurious hotel ranges from Rs 25,000 to Rs 78,000 per day.
The BJP, meanwhile, has holed up its MLAs since June 6 at Devi Ratan resort on Jaipur’s outskirts. 60 rooms have been booked for the BJP here. At this place, each room costs more than Rs 10,000 a day.
The Congress and the BJP have been locked in a bitter battle that may see more twists and turns in the runup to the June 10 elections.