Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma Wednesday reacted to the fast-changing political developments in Maharashtra and camping of over 40 Shiv Sena and Independent MLAs in Guwahati saying that it’s good that people are coming to Assam and it will boost the State’s economy.
Chief Minister Sarma said that it was a good thing that hotels in the city were being booked even during floods and that he has no issues with the developments since it will help in bringing revenue to the State, more so during these stressful times when Assam is being battered by unprecedented floods.
“Radisson Blu and Taj are two luxurious hotels in Guwahati. I welcome their decision to come to Guwahati. In fact everyone should visit Guwahati and stay in our hotels since it will boost the local economy. We will receive GST and earn more if more people stay in our hotels. I will be pleased if International political parties also come to Guwahati because the state needs money at this critical juncture. If a state refuses to fund, it cannot progress,” CM Sarma told reporters outside the Radisson Blu hotel where the Sena and Independent MLAs led by disgruntled MLA Eknath Shinde are staying after being flown to Guwahati early Wednesday morning from Surat.
“I’ll be heading for Kampur as I have to focus on Flood in the state. And if possible I will meet the Maharashtra MLAs for five minutes”, Sarma added when being quizzed about the political development that has already taken the entire country by storm.
A total of 33 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and 7 Independent Maharashtra legislators led by minister Eknath Shinde were flown to Guwahati in a chartered aircraft allegedly to avoid being reached by Sena supremo and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.
The special plane carrying these MLAs who have revolted against Uddhav Thackeray landed at the LGBI airport shortly before 7 AM.
They were whisked away to the Radisson Blu where tight security has been put in place since last night.
Shiv Sena which heads the Maha Vikash Aghadi govt had 55 MLAs in the Maharashtra Assembly followed by 53 from NCP & 44 from Congress prior to the big political developments. With the group led by Shinde revolting against Uddhav Thackeray, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government is staring at an imminent fall with reports suggesting that CM Uddhav could step down in the coming days or even hours.