Jaipur, a safe haven for political seclusion


Why is Jaipur considered such a safe haven for political battles? BJP, the most powerful party in the desert state definitely thinks so.
So while the Uttarakhand political crisis deepens and gets complicated with 12 rebel Congress MLAs trying to turn the table on their own government, the state’s 27 BJP MLAs are having a good time here playing Holi, site-seeing and discussing the rising political temperature in their state.

Political observers here say Jaipur is at a convenient distance from Delhi, is BJP’s stronghold and there are no chances of luring any BJP MLA from here. They say this barricading of rebels, MLAs, newly elected councillors, is a new trend in politics, actually displaying the deterioration in today’s politics.

The 27 BJP MLAs from Uttarakhand, who have been here since Wednesday, barricaded and in political seclusion, headed to Pushkar and Ajmer today.

A week back Uttarakhand headed towards a political crisis after a group of rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with the BJP to overthrow the incumbent Congress government led by Harish Rawat.

The 27 Uttarakhand BJP MLAs, who have been camping here at a resort hotel, Jaipur Greens on Ajmer Road, visited the Brahma Temple in Pushkar temple, the only such temple in the world. The legislators from Uttarakhand are being looked after by BJP leaders Kuldeep Dhankar and Ashok Lahoti.

The hotel in Jaisinghpura on Ajmer road is being guarded and bouncers can be seen in the hotel lobby. Anybody entering the hotel is being looked upon with suspicion. The media has been kept at bay. These MLAs are not being allowed to speak to anybody from outside and every person entering the hotel is being watched.

The MLAs, however played Holi in the hotel premises yesterday.

These MLAs are likely to be till March 27. After that they are likely to head to Uttarakhand.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat has been given the deadline of March 28 to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

Uttarakhand has a strength of 71 (including one nominated member), out of which Congress has 36, BJP 29, Independent 3, Bahujan Samaj Party 2, Uttarakahnd Kranti Dal (1).
Congress rebel leaders include former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, Harak Singh Rawat and Satpal Maharaj. They claim to have the support of 12 rebel MLAs. Several unresolved issues including a wish for a Rajya Sabha seat is said to have been the trigger for the rebellion.

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