The Maharashtra political crisis is still unfolding, with rebel Shiv Sena MLAs being moved from Maharashtra to Gujarat and then to Assam in chartered planes, where they are currently camped at a Guwahati hotel.
The 37 MLAs have passed a resolution declaring Shinde their leader and expressing their displeasure with the ally NCP.
However, it has been an expensive affair for Shinde to get the MLAs out of Maharashtra and prepare for a squabble that does not appear to be ending anytime soon.
The rebel MLAs and Shinde are staying at the Radisson Blu, a luxury hotel on National Highway 37 on the outskirts of Assam’s main city.
According to reports, 70 rooms at the luxury hotel, which has extensive event space, an outdoor pool, a spa, and five restaurants, have been reserved for Rs 56 lakh. The daily estimated expense for food and other services is Rs 8 lakh (Rs 56 lakh for seven days), bringing the total seven-day cost to Rs 1.12 crore.
According to reports, the hotel has 196 rooms and, aside from the 70 rooms reserved for the rebel MLAs and their teams, the management is not accepting new bookings.
However, corporate transactions that have already been booked are exempt from the prohibition. Except for hotel guests, the hotel’s banquet and restaurant remain closed to all visitors.
Chartered Plane Costs:
According to a report, the cost of a 30-passenger Embraer ERJ-135LR aircraft flight from Surat to Guwahati is more than Rs 50 lakh.
After the political crisis in Maharashtra began, the Shinde camp had two additional smaller business jets flown to Guwahati. The cost of hiring a smaller aircraft is estimated to be around Rs 35 lakh, according to the report.
While there is no official record or confirmation of the Shinde camp’s costs during the crisis, it would not be an exaggeration to say it was an expensive affair.