The BJP has decided to take a leaf out of the austerity programmes being taken up by governments across the globe for its National Executive meet that is scheduled to be held in Mumbai on May 24, 25.
Shunning five-star hotels where party leaders had been housed in 2004 for a similar meeting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided on three-star and budget hotels to house the 400 plus delegates this time.
The party has booked over 150 rooms, each of which will be shared by two delegates, in hotels across South Mumbai. The hotels include the Ambassador, Ritz and Hotel Sea Green. The rack rate for booking these rooms for a day is between Rs 8,000-Rs 11,000. The party has also booked guest houses in south Mumbai .
Senior BJP leaders will be housed at Sahyadri Guest House. “All the chief ministers and leaders of opposition from various states will be accommodated in Sahyadri guest house as per the government protocol,” a senior BJP leader involved in the planning said.
The party will also hire over 50 vehicles (including cars and
buses) to ferry the delegates from the hotel to the venue at Y B Chavan Centre. The same vehicles will also be used to ferry the delegates to the airport or railway stations.
The party has taken a deliberate attempt to ensure that there are no visible signs of extravagance in either food or the places where the delegates will be put up.
In 2004, there had been a minor controversy over the selection of ‘puran poli’ (a Maharastrian sweet) as dessert straight after the party's defeat in the general elections held that year. The party has decided to do away with desserts. “It will be simple Maharashtrian fare, and there will be no sweets at all,” the leader said.
The party is expected to deliberate on the upcoming presidential elections during the meet. A resolution for extending the term of the party president is also likely to be discussed. The party will also deliberate on its strategy on taking on the UPA government, as elections in Gujarat are to be held later this year.