3,000 kilometres away from the Maha Battlefield, the mood in Eknath Shinde's "War Room" is "Never Se
Although the Radisson Blu in Guwahati has before welcomed VIPs, none of those occasions could have adequately prepared it for the level of attention it is currently attracting. Even though it is about 3,000 kilometers from Mumbai, this opulent hotel serves as the setting for the political futures of Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, and the Thackerays.
Eknath Shinde, a minister for Maharashtra, is the one using the powerful pen. On Wednesday, Shinde and his 30-plus crew rolled into the hotel after traveling from Surat. Their numbers quickly increased. More than 40 MLAs are reportedly part of the breakaway faction, which is calling for the Thackerays to break their alliance with the Congress and NCP, in addition to Shinde.
The hotel, which was on the outskirts of Guwahati, quickly transformed into a fortress with media admittance prohibited. Private security guards for the hotel were replaced by Assam Police, and only authorized vehicles and visitors were permitted inside.
"This is unlike anything we have ever seen. Under the condition of anonymity, a staff member informed News18, "We are vetting everyone.
The Eknath Shinde camp has transformed the hotel into a "war room," and despite Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's passionate appeal and willingness to resign before leaving the official home, the group is convinced that it must leave the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi coalition.
Pallab Lochan Das of the Assam BJP and Sushanta Borgohain of the Guwahati Assembly is said to have met the rebel lawmakers when they arrived at the Guwahati International Airport on Wednesday morning. "We are familiar with the MLAs. As a courtesy, we welcomed them when they came here, Borgohain informed the journalists.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, stated to the media: "Forty individuals came to Assam. That's great. If additional people show up, we are delighted. At this time of year, there are scarcely any visitors. Some of our coworkers are present (with the Maharashtra MLAs). If I have time, I'll meet with them. I will now be in charge of the flood relief efforts.
The Assam Chief Minister has come under fire from Congress for allegedly "conspiring" to topple the Maharashtra administration of Uddhav Thackeray while Assam is being devastated by floods.
About 40 MLAs from Maharashtra, according to Assam Congress President Bhupen Kumar Borah, are allegedly being held for ransom in Guwahati. The Congress leader declared, "Sarma is engaged in disgraceful behavior."
"The Chief Minister should focus on his work and offer the Assamese flood victims proper aid. He shouldn't engage in politics while the public is pleading for government assistance, Borah tweeted.