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Congress, BJP MLAs in Manesar hotel?

A glimpse of the crowd outside ITC Grand Bharat hotel in Manesar   | Photo Credit: Ashok Kumar

Amid allegations by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of luring his party MLAs, some Congress legislators were reported to have been brought to a five-star hotel in Manesar, Haryana, on Saturday evening. However, there was no official confirmation of this development.

Several television crews, including national and local Rajasthan news channels, were stationed outside the ITC Grand Bharat Hotel in Manesar since Sunday morning. A correspondent of a local Rajasthan channel outside the hotel said that he had been stationed there since late Saturday night following reports that the hotel was booked for MLAs.

Barricades were put outside the hotel and a Police Control Room vehicle was also deployed. A senior Haryana BJP leader claimed that several party legislators had also been brought to the hotel on Saturday evening, along with the Congress MLAs. The leader said the BJP MLAs were also brought since they were considered vulnerable.

In March, some 100 BJP MLAs from Madhya Pradesh were also brought to this hotel during political crisis in the State.

Sachin Pilot 'humiliated': sources

Meanwhile, a source in the Sachin Pilot camp confirmed that to The Hindu that many of the MLAs supporting the Deputy Chief Minister were in a hotel or homes of relatives in the Manesar/Gurgaon area.

The source said Mr. Pilot felt that he had been publicly humiliated by Chief Minister Gehlot by the notice served by the Rajasthan police to give a statement following a sedition and conspiracy case registered by the Rajasthan police.

“The police sending a similar notice to the Chief Minister was just a pretext to harass Mr. Pilot,” the source stated, adding that Mr. Pilot was likely to meet the MLAs loyal to him before deciding on a course of action.

“If the action had been taken by a BJP government, one could understand that. But this is being done by the Chief Minister of the Congress party against his own deputy,” the source added.

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