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Secrecy shrouds luxury hotel in Assam where Shiv Sena rebel MLAs are putting up

By PTI Updated: Jun 24, 2022 8:30 pm
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Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at a hotel in Guwahati, Friday, June 24, 2022. (PTI)

Guwahati, June 24 (PTI): All eyes are fixed on a luxury hotel in the outskirts of Guwahati, from where Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde and his coterie of MLAs are manoeuvering the fate of the Maharashtra government, but its tall gates are bolted tight from within and the happenings inside are shrouded in secrecy.

The hotel is not making any fresh bookings for the next one week as ”we are fully occupied”, a hotel staff told PTI.

Asked whether any booking can be made for any day after the next week, he said that he could not comment on that.

Even before the employee could be asked about the activities of the MLAs inside the hotel, he said, ”Please, do not question me about them. I cannot say anything related to them”.

The hotel has 196 rooms and during an online search for bookings for the next few days, the response was: ”There are no available rooms for these dates”.

Another hotel staff said that it is booked as the four-day Ambubachi Mela at the famed Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills has begun.

A huge posse of policemen has been posted in and around the hotel with senior police officers seen managing the security bandobast.

Top police officials, too, remained tight-lipped about the guests inside the hotel and tight security arrangements.

Media persons are camping outside the hotel since Wednesday when the Maharashtra politicians reached here but none have been allowed to go inside the hotel.

The Congress staged a demonstration near the hotel during the day asking Shinde and other MLAs to leave the state which is reeling under devastating floods which have claimed 108 lives and affected a population of nearly 46 lakh.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier said there should not be any reason for controversy regarding their visit.

He said, ‘We welcome all tourists to visit the state now as we need funds to deal with the devastating floods. Why should we turn away Goddess Lakshmi when most of our hotels are empty or have low occupancy?’

Shinde and around 36 other legislators have been staying at the hotel since Wednesday morning after they arrived from Surat by a chartered flight. They were received at the airport by BJP MP Pallab Lochan Das and legislator Sushanta Borgohain.

The Maharashtra MLAs were driven to the hotel in three buses of the Assam State Transport Corporation amid tight security.

The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra is facing a crisis following the dissidence of a section of its MLA led by Shinde.

CM tells officials to continue development works

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday told the state administration that important development works related to welfare of people shouldn’t be held up due to the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition plunged into crisis on Tuesday last when a group of Shiv Sena MLAs, led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, rebelled against the party leadership. The NCP and the Congress are also part of the governing bloc.

“Don’t hold up important development works related to welfare of people. Get in touch with me directly,” Thackeray said during a review meeting attended by divisional commissioners, district collectors, municipal commissioners and secretaries of government departments at the state secretariat.

The CM told the bureaucrats that citizens’ grievances should be addressed without any delay.

Thackeray said, “There is always uncertainty in politics and during the monsoon season. Political manoeuvres will go on but governance shouldn’t stop. The administration should ensure that people’ s day-to-day issues are resolved immediately.”

A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said at the meeting, the CM reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in the state, sowing operations for kharif crops, availability of urea, disaster management preparedness, facilities for warkaris (devotees) at Pandharpur temple town for the upcoming ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ festival.

By PTI Updated: Jun 24, 2022 8:30:44 pm
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