Is it easy for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get a hotel room of his choice anywhere across India? The obvious answer may be a yes, but not always. PM Modi’s officials experienced this while booking rooms for him in Mysuru’s iconic Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace recently. A report by The Hindu says PM’s officials were told by the hotel that rooms were not available as they were booked in advance for a marriage.
Officials had approached the hotel ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Mysuru on Sunday and today. PM’s officials were told by the hotel that only three rooms were available but they needed more because of security concerns. Later, the accommodation was arranged for PM Modi at Hotel Radisson Blu but there was a “hitch” again, said The Hindu report. On Sunday evening, a wedding reception at Radisson Blue could have coincided with Modi’s arrival. However, the reception was “advanced” to 12.30 pm because of security concerns and it ended before PM’s arrival in the evening.
On Monday, PM Modi will address an election rally in Mysuru district for the first time ahead of the Karnataka assembly election 2018. Mysuru is the home district of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and also considered to be the Congress bastion. The prime minister is also scheduled to visit Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola of Hassan district. He will also flag off Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur and inaugurate the electrification of Mysuru-Bengaluru railway line.
PM Modi today inaugurated the World Congress on Information Technology. “In the 21st century, technology is becoming an enabler for this concept. It helps us create a seamless, integrated world. A world where geographical distance no longer remains a barrier in collaborating for a better future,” PM said, adding, “Digital India is a journey bringing about digital inclusion for digital empowerment aided by the digital infrastructure for digital delivery of services.”
Amit Shah in Karnataka
Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah is also on a three-day tour of the poll-bound state of Karnataka. He is scheduled to attend several events and hold public meetings. According to a BJP statement, Shah will hold a public meeting near Mangalore airport and also interact with students of a college in Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday on the “youth’s role in building a new India”.
Karnataka is expected to go to the polls in April-May. The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to come back to power in the state. Karnataka is considered a gateway to the South for the BJP. It is also the only big state, with 20 or more MPs, being ruled by the Congress at present.
Shah will also visit the home of Deepak Rao, a BJP worker who was allegedly killed recently, it read.
Shah will also address a fishermen convention in Udupi and a convention of social media activists in Udupi on Wednesday, meet the family of another murdered party worker, Paresh Mehta, the BJP statement said, adding the party chief will also visit several temples in the state.