Congress has booked a few hotels across Assam to “isolate” its candidates from possible poaching by the BJP ahead of the May 2 election results for the Assam rally, party sources said on Saturday.
The convention leaders met in a hotel in Guwahati on Saturday for a closed meeting with their candidates.
Sources said the party planned to keep the candidates somewhere in Guwahati, Tezpur and Kaziranga on April 22nd.
Senior Congress Director Jitendra Singh turned down reports of hotel bookings, however, saying that their alliance would “get a large majority”.
“Our candidates are not going anywhere. Based on previous experience, we have only given the party candidates a few instructions on how to prepare for the counting of days,” said Singh.
At least two congressional allies – the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) – had previously moved their candidates out of the state for fear of poaching. The All India United Democratic Front candidates had later returned.
The Congress, which is in power in Rajasthan, has already stowed three of its candidates in a luxury hotel in Jaipur.
Assam, where the BJP came to power in the 2016 elections, voted for a new government in three phases between March 27 and April 6. The results are on May 2nd along with the results for polls in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.