The dramatic history of resort politics in India

For the last four days, a hotel in Guwahati has been at the center of India’s biggest political story. It is where the majority of MLAs from Maharashtra–rebels against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray–have been sequestered against the turmoil in Mumbai. The leader of the revolt, Maharashtra Urban Development and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde, claimed on … Read more

Final dash before RS poll day: From check-outs and flights back home to mock tests and strategy sessions

A day before the June 10 Rajya Sabha elections, both the Congress and the BJP kept a watch on their legislators in Rajasthan, Haryana, and Maharashtra that are expected to witness close contests. The legislators of the two parties underwent last-minute “training sessions”, mock tests, and meetings. The Haryana Congress legislators flew from Raipur, where … Read more

When all it takes to save House is a hotel

A week to go for the Rajya Sabha elections on June 10, nearly 70 Congress MLAs in Rajasthan are lodged at a resort in Udaipur, some 400 km from the state capital. In Haryana, where it is in a minority and even more divided, the Congress has ferried its MLAs (those it could gather) all … Read more