Dissident legislators of Shiv Sena, which heads the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra, have been camping in Guwahati, around 2,700 km away from Mumbai, since June 22, resulting in a political crisis in the western state.
The five-star property’s official website, through which one can make reservations, has stopped taking new requests till June 30.
“There are no available rooms for these dates. We recommend changing dates or selecting a different rate type when available,” the website said when booking was attempted till the last day of this month.
Reservation is, however, being allowed from July 1 on the website.
When contacted, a senior official of the hotel told PTI, “We are booked to capacity.” He, however, declined to comment anything related to the stay of the Maharashtra MLAs.
Sohail Choudhury, an IT professional based in Guwahati, wanted to book a few rooms at the hotel next week, but he was denied.
“I tried to book the hotel for our guests coming to attend a function organised by my company. But they said no booking is available due to the stay of the MLAs. They do not even know when the rooms will be available next,” he said.
It is learnt that around 70 rooms have been booked for the Maharashtra MLAs and their associates. The hotel has closed the restaurants, banquets and other facilities for other non-resident guests.
A senior officer of the Guwahati Police confirmed the development and said that no new guest is being allowed to enter the complex.
“Only airline staffers are allowed to come in and go as they have agreement with the hotel,” the official said.
Policemen, under the supervision of senior officers, were checking every guest coming into Radisson Blu. They returned general visitors in most cases.
With inputs from NDTV