As many as 22 candidates of the opposition alliance in Assam have been flown to Jaipur and sequestered in a hotel for “safekeeping” amid fears that the BJP may try to lure them away ahead of election results due next month, sources said on Friday.
The candidates from the Congress-led opposition alliance known as Mahajot include those from the Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and the Left, sources said.
They have been kept in the same resort in the capital city of Congress-ruled Rajasthan where the party’s MLAs were holed up last July during its internal crisis.
Assam, where the BJP came to power in the last elections, voted for a new government in three phases between March 27 and April 6. The results are due on May 2 along with those for polls in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.