The curious case of missing Congress MLAs and high drama at a Mumbai hotel

The curious case of missing Congress MLAs and high drama at a Mumbai hotel


Desperate to find its missing MLAs, Congress party workers were seen doing the rounds of the hotel from morning till late evening.

Congress workers searching for their MLAs at hotel in Mumbai. (Photo: Raju Revankar)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Congress workers were seen roaming in and around the hotel searching for the missing MLAs
  • The Congress suspects that the BJP has kept its missing MLAs at the hotel
  • DK Shivakumar had claimed that three Congress MLAs were camping at a hotel in Mumbai

As the Congress-JD(S) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of poaching its MLAs, a different scenario was witnessed at Mumbai’s Renaissance Hotel. The Congress suspects that over five of its MLAs are present in the Powai-based hotel, kept secretly by BJP leaders.

Many journalists and Congress workers were seen roaming in and around the hotel searching for the missing Congress MLAs.

The Congress suspects that the BJP has kept its missing MLAs and some Independent MLAs at the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai. Desperate to find its missing MLAs, Congress party workers were seen doing the rounds of the hotel from morning till late evening.

In fact, different Congress workers tried to find the MLAs at different times and in many different ways.

Some of the Congress workers even reached the hotel with some women hoping that it will help them look for the missing MLAs as they [the women] won’t be restricted inside the premises.

Later in the evening, a group of over 15 Congress workers reached the hotel to again look for the MLAs but could not find any of them. They also kept some stationed at different places in the hotel such as the cafe, pool side, restaurants, reception and lobby.

“There are over ten Congress leaders from Karnataka stationed at the hotel in Mumbai. Around five rooms are booked by BJP. They are being guarded by people from Karnataka itself. One MLA is being guarded by over five people. Several other groups of four to five people are roaming in and around the whole area to keep a watch on everyone. They have also kept private security guards in the hotel to guard our Congress MLAs. We checked at the reception and tried to find them but got no information,” one of the Congress workers told India Today TV.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar had on Sunday (January 13) claimed that three Congress MLAs were camping at a hotel in Mumbai in the “company of some BJP leaders”. “We are aware of what has transpired there and how much has been offered to them,” Shivakumar said.

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