After Congress, BJP sends Rajasthan MLAs to resort ahead of crucial Rajya Sabha polls

The BJP, like the Congress, on Monday sent its Rajasthan MLAs to a resort ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs board a bus and head to Jamdoli ahead of the Rajya Sabha Elections, in Jaipur (PTI Photo)

After Congress, the BJP in Rajasthan has taken to 'resort politics' by sending its legislators to resorts ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections on June 10.

Incidentally, on the first day of BJP MLAs' stay at the resort, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was one of the key figures missing. Several senior leaders, including state BJP chief Satish Poona, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, and deputy LoP Rajendra Rathore, were present at the resort.

The BJP has shifted more than 60 of its 71 MLAs to Devi Niketan, a resort in Jamdoli on the outskirts of Jaipur. The saffron party has termed the stay a 'prashikshan shivir' or a learning camp.

The Congress had earlier shifted its MLAs to a five-star hotel in Udaipur in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha elections.

There are five candidates in the fray against four Rajya Sabha vacancies in the state. Three of the five candidates belong to the Congress, while the BJP has fielded one candidate and is also backing Subhash Chandra, chief of media conglomerate Essel Group, who is contesting independently.

A candidate needs 41 votes to be elected to the Rajya Sabha. The Congress, which has 108 MLAs in the state, is certain about two of its nominees—Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala. However, it is short of 15 MLAs to ensure the victory of its third candidate, Pramod Tiwari.

Meanwhile, the BJP, with its 71 MLAs, still needs the support of 11 more MLAs to assure independent candidate Chandra’s win. BJP's Ghanshyam Tiwari is expected to win comfortably.