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Rajasthan: Congress to Shift Party MLAs to Udaipur Hotel Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls

The Congress party has decided to shift its MLAs in Rajasthan to a Udaipur hotel, with party sources saying they fear that the BJP will poach them ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections going to be held on June 10.

Apart from the Congress MLAs. independent legislators and those belonging to other parties and supporting the ruling party will also be shifted to Udaipur. These MLAs will stay in the hotel where the party’s Chintan Shivir was conducted last month.

The Congress move has come a day after media baron Subhash Chandra, who is backed by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections.

The Congress party has fielded Pramod Tiwari, Randeep Singh Surjewala, and Mukul Wasnik for the elections to four seats of the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

Chandra is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Haryana and his term is going to expire on August 1.

The ruling Congress party in Rajasthan with its 108 MLAs in the state assembly is set to win two out of four seats going to elections on June 10.

After winning two seats, the Congress party will have 26 surplus votes, 15 short of the required 41 votes to win the third seat.

On the other hand, the BJP has 71 MLAs in the state assembly and is set to win one seat, after which it will have 30 surplus votes.

On Tuesday, Gehlot and the Congress candidates had held a meeting with 10 of 13 independent MLAs in Rajasthan, just hours after Chandra filed his nomination.