File photo of AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal addressing a meeting

As many as 18 candidates of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) reportedly are camping at a hotel in Jaipur on April 9 as the party fears “possible horse-trading” post the Assam assembly elections.

Reports said that AIUDF, an ally of the Congress party in Assam, sent the candidates outside the state sensing the threat of “horse-trading” closer to the counting of votes on May 2. The candidates are camping at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur and are expected to be there till the results are declared.

“We were fearing possible horse-trading threat by BJP and therefore, these AIUDF leaders have been invited here and they shall be staying here till the results are out,” an unnamed senior Congress leader was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

The Congress leader added that a few Congress candidates contesting the Assam assembly elections may also be brought to Jaipur “in a day or two”. The seclusion is likely to continue till the results are out on May 2.

The IANS report added that chief whip Mahesh Joshi and Congress MLA Rafiq Khan were looking after the AIUDF guests.

“There remains the scope of horse-trading till the BJP is in power at the centre. Leaders from Assam are our guests. As long as they stay here, we will take care of them well,” the Congress leader further said.

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