GUWAHATI: At least nine candidates of the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), an ally in the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ (grand alliance) in Assam, have been shifted to Chhattisgarh.
They were reportedly lodging at a resort in the Congress ruled state.
Though it was suspected that the candidates were shifted to Chhattisgarh fearing a possible horse-trading by BJP, Congress general secretary Apurba Kumar Bhattacharjee said that they were on a vacation.
“They were sent to relieve stress after the elections,” he said.
Congress sources said that they were taken to Raipur on Saturday late evening in a flight and lodged in a hotel before they were shifted to a resort in Nava Raipur.
They were accompanied by some Congress leaders and BPF party members.
“They are likely to stay in Raipur till the result day on May 2,” said a Congress leader.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, has led the Congress’s campaign in the state during the poll season.
Already, Congress’s other ally All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) candidates were sent to Rajasthan along with some Left party candidates.
The Congress-led ”Mahajot” including AIUDF, BPF, CPI (M), CPI and other parties, made the move after an internal survey reports said that the ruling BJP might not have done well in the recently concluded elections.
Almost 80 percent voter’s turnout was recorded in Assam.