27 July, 2021

All’s Well Who Checks In

Congress MLAs at a hotel in Jaipur
All’s Well Who Checks In

Summer vacations, under normal circumstances, set the cash registers ringing for the hospitality sector. These, however, are unusual times as the coronavirus-induced lockdown has been bleeding hotels and resorts dry. Amid this gloom, an unexpected flurry of guests checked in at Jaipur’s Shiv Vilas Resort on June 10. These weren’t the usual vacationers who arrive at the premium Pink City property to enjoy a luxurious stay, starting upwards of Rs 50,000 a night for a suite, but MLAs supporting the state’s Ashok Gehlot-led government as well as Congress legislators from Gujarat.

The Congress had, in early June, lost three of its MLAs to the BJP in Gujarat. The fear of losing more had forced the party to dial Gehlot for help. Gehlot obliged and over 60 Gujarat Congress MLAs traveled to Jaipur to be placed under self-quarantine at Shiv Vilas. Then, Mahesh Joshi, Congress chief whip in the Rajasthan assembly, claimed that the BJP now had eyes on party MLAs and independent legislators supporting the Gehlot government. After the inter-state resort-hopping by MLAs...

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