The winning Congress MLAs in Telangana will be moved to Park Hyatt hotel in Hyderabad, a Congress candidate has confirmed. The Congress is part of the Prajakutami alliance in the state, which comprises TDP, TJS and CPI. The decision comes as the party will have to keep its flock together in case of a hung Assembly.
Dr Sravan Dasoju, Congress candidate for Khairatabad said, "We are moving MLAs to Park Hyatt as we don't want to take the risk of poaching by TRS. This is a precautionary measure." The resort in Banjara hills is owned by T Subbarami Reddy, a Congress leader and former MP representing Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
The Congress leaders have been given explicit instructions to leave for the star hotel as soon as the trend shows a win. The party's leaders have instructed local leaders to collect the winning certificates instead.
According to reports, backup arrangements have also been made at a resort near Bengaluru. Congress sources say that all arrangements have been made, and a chopper is on standby at a secret location in Karnataka. "They are also thinking of booking rooms in a resort near Bengaluru for back up," the source added.
The chopper is for airlifting MLAs if necessary.
After he recaptured the prestigious Bellary Lok Sabha seat from BJPâ€™s star campaigner B Sriramulu, Karnataka Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar had been sent by the party high command to Telangana to give a push to the â€śprajakutamiâ€ť ahead of the elections.
DK Shivakumar was also sent to quell the rebellion in the party after several aspirants were denied tickets. DK Shivakumar was also credited with the rebel front to withdraw its nominations.
As Telangana voted for its first Assembly election on Friday, several pollsters came out with their predictions for who will form the government in the state. Two of the five exit polls conducted by various agencies predict a win for the TRS in the state. Three others have predicted a hung Assembly situation â€“ however, the numbers are within easy reach of the TRS to form the government in the state, with the AIMIMâ€™s help.