Fearing ‘horse-trading’ in Assam, 18 AIUDF candidates reach Jaipur hotel (Ld)

Jaipur, April 9 (IANS) Sensing the threat of ‘possible horse-trading’ in Assam, a total of 18 candidates of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a Congress ally, had reached Jaipur from Guwahati and are camping in Hotel Fairmont here.

“We were fearing the ‘possible horse-trading’ threat by BJP and therefore, these leaders have been invited here and they shall be staying here till the results are out,” said a senior Congress source.

Other Congress candidates may also be brought here in a day or two. The seclusion is likely to continue till the results are out on May 2.

Chief whip Mahesh Joshi and Congress MLA Rafiq Khan are looking after these guests.

The Congress contested in Assam in alliance with AIUDF.

A Congress leader told IANS: “There remains the scope of horse-trading till the BJP is in power at the centre. Leaders from Assam are our guests. As long as they stay here, we will take care of them well.”

It needs to be mentioned here that Rajasthan is perceived as the safest state for the Congress and its allies.

In November 2019, Maharashtra MLAs were cordoned off in Jaipur based resort of Jaipur. In February 2020, MLAs from Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat were cordoned off here

The Gujarat MLAs stayed here till March last year.

Again in May last year, during the Rajya Sabha elections of Rajasthan, Congress MLAs camped here and during political crisis in July-August 2020, Congress MLAs camped in a hotel for 34 days.