For MPs from 3 states, Rajya Sabha votes a walk in the park, splash in the pool

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A dip in the pool, a game or two over a snack, an evening by the pool – resort politics are all the rage and no one is complaining. In front of June 10 Rajya Sabha electionslawmakers from at least three states – Rajasthan, Haryana and Maharashtra – are crammed into five-star hotels and resorts to ensure that rival parties do not lure their MPs.

At the Taj Aravali Resort & Spa in Udaipur, since June 2, Rajasthan Congress MPs and those who support them have been kept busy and entertained with birthday celebrations, magic and movie shows, antakshari sessions, and more.

Photographs and videos emerging from the station show Rajya Sabha candidates Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari, flanked by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and State Congress Speaker Govind Singh Dotasra, taking part in a magic show. There are also videos of some MPs enjoying a cultural spectacle, a few trying their hand at singing, another taking a dip in the pool and a few female lawmakers stopping to get their feet wet.

BJP MPs, on the other hand, had a much less lively time at the Devi Ratn Hotel Jaipur. According to BJP sources, between June 6-9, lawmakers will have 12 sessions focusing on the party, its ideology, eight years of Modi government, Mission 2023, and more. From 6 to 7 p.m. daily, there will be sessions to practice MPs on voting in RS polls.

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Addressing the Congress, BJP State Chairman Satish Poonia said, “All of Rajasthan is witnessing what Congress MPs do – chilling in the pool, singing, dancing and all that food. They have no answers to the electricity crisis, people are running to get water and these people are swimming in pools. The whole government is in baadebandi (sequestered).

The scenes are no different at the Mayfair Lake Resort in Raipur, where Haryana’s Congress MPs are being held. On June 2, Haryana MPs arrived from Delhi to Raipur on a chartered flight and checked into the resort. On June 10, they will be flown back from Raipur to Chandigarh on a chartered flight. Only they won’t be going home anytime soon – from the airport they will be taken directly to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha where they will vote before being allowed to return to their residences.

At the Taj Aravali Resort & Spa in Udaipur, Rajasthan Congress MPs and their supporters were kept busy and entertained with birthday celebrations, magic and movie shows, antakshari sessions, and more. (Express Photo/Screenshot)

AICC observer Rajeev Shukla, PLC leader Bhupinder Hooda and Congress candidate Ajay Maken also arrived in Raipur to interact with the MPs and ensure they remain united.

Party sources said The Indian Express that deputies take morning and evening walks by the lake – they are not allowed to sightsee on their own.

“We hung out together, watched movies, played cards and took walks by the lake. Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel and some other senior ministers of Chhattisgarh government visited us and interacted with us,” said one of the Congress MPs. The Indian Express.

Another lawmaker said he liked his breakfast at the hotel’s lakeside restaurant. “Some MPs prefer to spend their evenings in the pool and enjoy their evening snacks and drinks. It’s more of a vacation. It is a good initiative of the party. It is a good opportunity to interact with each other, discuss politics and also relax,” the MP said.

A visual of some of the MPs enjoying a cultural spectacle. (Express Photo/Screenshot)

Two senior MPs, Kiran Choudhry (Tosham) and Kuldeep Bishnoi (Adampur), are yet to join MPs in Raipur. With only two days left, they are unlikely to go away. However, the congressional high command said it was confident that both deputies would vote for the party’s nominee.

While party sources said Choudhry was not feeling well, Bishnoi was openly sulking about not being named state congress president.

In Maharashtra, a competition for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat is heating up between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and the BJP ahead of the June 10 elections. With seven candidates vying for six seats in Rajya Sabha, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, voters from the MVA and the opposition BJP in Maharashtra, have started moving their MPs to the beach resorts.

While Sena MPs had checked in at the Retreat Hotel and Convention Center Hotel Retreat in Malad, following a meeting with senior MVA leaders including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Mallikarjun Kharge from Congress, at the Trident hotel, they stayed on in the hotel.

– With contributions from Vishwas Waghmode in Mumbai

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