Maharashtra Crisis: Guwahati’s Radisson Blu stops new bookings till June 30, hotel is under tight guard


Guwahati. The luxurious hotel Radisson Blu in Guwahati, where other MLAs, led by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde from Maharashtra, are staying, has stopped taking all new bookings till June 30. Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, who lead the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra, have been camping in Guwahati, some 2,700 km from Mumbai, since June 22, triggering a political crisis in the western state. The official website of the five-star hotel has stopped taking new bookings till June 30. However, from July 1, reservation of rooms is being allowed on the website.

When an attempt was made to book the room on the website till the last date of this month, it was said, ‘No room is available on these dates. We recommend changing the dates or choosing a new one when available.’ When contacted, a senior hotel official told PTI, “All our rooms are booked.” However, he refused to say anything regarding the stay of the MLAs of Maharashtra. Guwahati-based IT professional Suhail Choudhary tried to book a few rooms at the hotel next week but was refused. He said, ‘I tried to book hotel rooms for our guests coming for an event organized by my company. But he said that no room is available due to the stay of the MLAs. They don’t even know when the rooms will be available.

Hotel closed many facilities for guests coming from outside

It is being told that about 70 rooms have been booked for the MLAs of Maharashtra and their assistants. The hotel has closed restaurants, banquets and other facilities for guests coming from outside. A senior official of the Guwahati Police confirmed the development and said that no new guests are being allowed to enter the premises. “Only airline personnel were allowed to move as they have an agreement with the hotel,” the official said.

Dozens of soldiers are guarding the hotel tightly

Under the supervision of senior officers, policemen are searching every guest coming to Radisson Blu. Besides personnel from the nearby Jalukbari police station, dozens of personnel from paramilitary forces and reserve battalions and the commando unit of the Assam Police are guarding the hotel. This hotel is located in Gotanagar area near Jalukbari and has now turned into a fort and media is not able to reach there. Journalists from across the country are standing outside the hotel located on National Highway-37 passing through Guwahati city but they are not being allowed inside the premises.

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