Rajasthan BJP 'locks up' its MLAs
The BJP in Rajasthan has gathered all its MLAs and housed them in a resort outside of Jaipur. This is to check the possibility of horse trading by political rivals ahead of the June 17 Rajya Sabha polls, media reports said.delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2010 17:05 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan has gathered all its Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and housed them in a resort outside of Jaipur. This is to check the possibility of horse trading by political rivals ahead of the June 17 Rajya Sabha polls, media reports said.
Four BJP MLAs have gone "missing", thereby forcing the party high command to resort to this measure so as to make sure there is no cross voting or horse trading in the coming election.
BJP General Secretary Vasundhara Raje, meanwhile, claimed to the media that the MLAs have been taken to the resort to 'train them on how to vote'.
"Many of our legislators are first time MLAs and they need to be made aware of the voting process. We will do that over the next two days," Raje said in a media broadcast.
The BJP is unable to decide who should be their priority candidate in the coming elections - Ram Jethmalani who is the high commands choice or VP Singh, a Vasundhara loyalist. The BJP will need 82 votes to ensure a win for both its candidates. The party is confident of getting the support of lone Janata Dal-United legislator Fateh Singh. But it would still require the support of two more legislators.
There are now five candidates in the fray, including union minister Anand Sharma from the Congress and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani from the BJP.
Congress nominee Narendra Budhania got elected to the Rajya Sabha Thursday as he was contesting on a seat declared vacant after the death of BJP MP Srikrishan Valmiki.
The Congress, meanwhile, has also forbidden its MLAs from leaving town.