Congress tries to keep MLA united as political turmoil grows in Maharashtra
As the political turmoil in Maharashtra continues to grow, Congress has held talks with its MLAs in Jaipur to ensure they do not deviate from the party's stand.
The Congress had earlier brought 40 of its MLAs to Jaipur to a five-star resort close to the Delhi-Jaipur Highway in view of the political situation in Maharashtra.
Senior party leaders have been holding meetings with party MLAs inside the resort to assess their mood.
Mallika Arjun Kharge, the party in-charge for Maharashtra, had been holding hectic parleys with party MLAs at the five-star resort in Jaipur.
Senior Congress leaders including Sushil Kumar Shinde and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have also been a part of the confabulations at the resort.
Also present during the meetings were Prithvi Raj Chavan, Congress leaders from Rajasthan, including Health minister Raghu Sharma and former MP Mahesh Joshi.
Kharge, on Sunday, mentioned, "The final decision on choosing the leader of the party MLAs shall be made by party President Sonia Gandhi."
With the BJP backing out of the process of government formation in Maharashtra, the Congress feels that the possibility of it being a part of a coalition government there cannot be completely negated.
Congress has been trying to keep its flock of Maharashtra MLAs together by arranging their stay at the Jaipur resort.
The party feels that any possible attempts, if made, at poaching its MLAs can be better thwarted in a Congress ruled state.
The resort, close to the Delhi-Jaipur Highway is believed to have 50 villas, each one equipped with a private pool. The resort also has several restaurants, a bar and other facilities.