Hit hard by Covid and the lockdown, some parts of the hotel industry are being saved by Rajasthan’s MLAs. In spite of Covid hotspots, MLAs in the Pink City are in the pink of health. Congress MLAs loyal to CM Ashok Gehlot are lodged at the Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur, while those belonging to the rebel Sachin Pilot camp have checked into another hotel the ITC Grand Bharat in Manesar. Since most MLAs check in and check out of political parties at the drop of a portfolio, they’re also practised in checking in and out of hotels.
MLAs are of great value in the desi game of thrones, and are provided personalised room service by their leaders. One MLA at Fairmont was pictured eating a lavish breakfast with jalebis and fruits, yet MLAs still remain hungry for power. At the Manesar hotel, every MLA is reportedly being guarded by a bouncer just in case the other side throws a googly.
Rajasthan was once known for its horse riding maharajas. But now the state is fast becoming known for its horse trading in MLAs. At Fairmont, MLAs are doing yoga and watching movies. The Fairmont camp recently watched the film Sholay, which has Gabbar Singh’s famous line, “kitne admi thhe?” This line can now be changed to, “kitne MLA hai?”
While the Fairmont is supposed to be a “Congress hotel”, the ITC Grand Bharat is called a “BJP hotel”. Since politics is a jungle we could earlier joke, jungle mein mangal, meaning happy times may be had in the forest. Today we can say hotel mein dangal, meaning when engaged in party politics make sure you have hotel bookings. Politics was once about debates on opposing views, today politicians must have a room with a view.
Hailing from a community of traditional magicians, jadugar Gehlot is hoping Pilot crash lands. Pilot was hoping for a handsome takeoff, but Gehlot told Pilot it’s not enough to be handsome and speak good English. Pilot himself is firmly refusing to talk in either English or Hindi at the moment because he’s waiting to see if the ‘High Command’ walks the talk. The Gehlot camp MLAs have also staged a dharna at Raj Bhavan, because even in socially distant times, dharna se kya darna? After all when it comes to following rules, politicians have already achieved herd immunity.
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