Mumbai: MVA legislators, independents & smaller parties to enjoy hospitality at Trident & West In ahead of RS polls

Apart from in-house breakfast, lunch and dinner, special workshops are being organized on dos and don’ts at the time of polling to avoid any confusion. This is also to train the legislators on how to cast their votes so that they will become valid.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Wednesday, June 08, 2022, 12:05 AM IST
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Mumbai: MVA legislators, independents & smaller parties to enjoy hospitality at Trident & West In ahead of RS polls | FPJ

For the next three days the Maha Vikas Aghadi MLAs, sundry independents and smaller parties will be housed the five-star hotel Trident in south Mumbai and West-In at Powai.

Most Sena legislators will have sea-facing rooms and suites at Trident. On the other hand, NCP and Congress will be housed in the Power Lake facing West Inn hotel which was earlier known as Renaissance.

Apart from on-the-house breakfast, lunch and dinner, special workshops are being organized for MLAS, so that there is no confusion and hiccups on polling day – June 10.

First-time MLAs will also get tutorials on how to cast their votes, so that they are valid.

According to sources, individual rooms have been allocated to MLAs who will be allowed to use their mobile phones. However, there will be restrictions on their movement, as they will be allowed to go out of the hotel in exceptional circumstances only, with party monitors posted at vantage points at the respective hotels.

A team of party workers, seniors and juniors has been deployed at Trident and West In to take care of these legislators.

‘‘Legislators can use the gym, swimming pool or attend yoga sessions. Besides, they can enjoy drinks, but strictly on their own expense, not in the bars but in their respective rooms,’’ said an MVA legislator.

‘‘Legislators are expected to stay cooped up in their rooms or meet during breakfast, lunch or for official interaction. No outsider, including their followers and guests, will be allowed to meet them. They will be ferried to the Vidhan Bhavan in buses or cars after breakfast on June 10 for polling,’’ said a senior minister who is supervising the hotel arrangements.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a meeting with the MVA legislators, ministers, independents and smaller parties at Trident hotel. He claimed that that MVA’s four nominees -- Sanjay Raut, Sanjay Pawar (Shiv Sena), Praful Patel (NCP) and Imran Pratapgarhi (Congress) -- will win the Rajya Sabha election slated for June 10. He further added that a special party will be organized to celebrate the victories.

Thackeray, without naming estranged ally BJP, alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched but urged the legislators not to get entrapped.

‘‘No matter how hard one tries, all the four candidates of Maha Vikas Aghadi will be elected. The election is taking place after 1998. The tradition of an unopposed election should have been followed but it was not done,’’ said Thackeray.

Thackeray referred to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s fight against the BJP, saying that she was victorious with flying colours.

Of the 29 independents and associate parties, 13 were present at the meeting. Incidentally, Vinod Nikole, who did not extend support to MVA at the time of government formation, was present.

However, minister of state for school education Bachhu Kadu and Rajkumar Patel, Samajwadi party legislators Abu Azmi and Rais Shaikh and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi MLAs Hitendra Thakur, Kshitij Thakur and Rajesh Patil skipped the meeting.

Thackeray will meet Azmi on Thursday to address the issues raised by him.

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