After relocating its Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Rajasthan to a hotel in Udaipur, the Congress party followed similar moves in Haryana as well as Chhattisgarh. According to Republic TV sources, Congress has booked 20-25 rooms at Mayfair Lake Resort in Raipur, located in Atal Nagar. Another hotel is also reserved in the name of great former party leaders near Chitrakote waterfalls area in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.
According to the sources, four to five Congress leaders have already arrived at MP Deepender Singh Hooda’s residence. The Congress party on Wednesday moved its Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Rajasthan to a hotel in Udaipur, fearing that the ruling Bharatiya Janata party might poach them ahead of the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections to be held on 10 June. Several independent deputies and deputies from other parties support the Congress in the government led by Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.
The decision comes a day after media baron Subhash Chandra, who is backed by the BJP, filed his candidacy as an independent candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections. He is currently a member of the Upper House of Parliament of Haryana and his term will expire on August 1.
His decision to file papers as an independent candidate had prompted Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, to allege that the Saffron Party wanted to engage in horse-trading. CM Ashok Gehlot called the move an “old trick” of the ruling BJP party, which is doomed as it did 15 years ago. He had said the ruling Congress, with its 108 state assembly members, was expected to win two of four seats in the June 10 election.
After the party led by Sonia Gandhi wins two seats, it will have 26 excess votes, 15 short of the 41 needed to win the third seat. On the other hand, the saffron party ran 71 deputies in the state assembly and is expected to win one seat, after which it will end up with 30 excess votes.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has written to Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and Assembly Speaker CP Joshi demanding that the six party MPs who defected to Congress cannot vote in the Rajya Sabha elections. State BSP Chairman Bhagwan Singh Baba in the letter said that a case under the Anti-Defection Act is pending against the MPs in the Supreme Court.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi summoned by ED
Meanwhile, on the other hand, the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi and former party leader Rahul Gandhi for questioning over allegations of money laundering in the National Herald affair. Congress leaders alleged that the summons reeked of “political vendetta” and that the “BJP misuses and abuses its authority.” Strongly condemning the summons, congressional leaders called it a “great threat to autocracy.” Both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and shareholders of Young Indian Pvt. Limited, owner of the National Herald newspaper.