Mumbai: Not willing to take any risks from potential poachers, the Shiv Sena has decided to shift all its sixty five legislators to a private sea-facing hotel in suburban Bandra till the state political crisis is settled, party sources said here on Thursday.
The legislators, who are from Mumbai and various parts of Maharashtra, are expected to be lodged at the Hotel Rangsharda near the Bandstand in Bandra West.
Contrary to speculation in some quarters, the legislators would not be herded in a five-star hotel, but a modest and comfortable hotel at a convenient area.
The hotel is barely a two or three kms from Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray's residence in Bandra East, around four km from Shiv Sena Bhavan, Sixteen km from Raj Bhavan and Nineteen km from the Vidhan Bhavan.
When questioned on the move, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut denied that any of their legislators would be susceptible to poaching while BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar communicated similar sentiments over his party's elected representatives.
Then, receiving a firm position against possible deserters, the Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have unofficially reached an understanding that in case any legislator from their respective parties defects, he/she would be defeated by them unitedly in the next elections.
It is reliably learnt that groups of Shiv Sainiks and activists of the Congress-NCP are keeping 24x7 tabs on the developments, activities and visitors of their respective legislators in a bid to prevent anybody from crossing over to the BJP.