Metrolife: At resort, new MLAs jittery

But Congress elders are counselling them not to give in to BJP pressure

Eagleton resort near Bidadi is about an hour’s drive from the Vidhana Soudha.

The resort on Mysuru Road housing Congress MLAs since Wednesday is known for its golf course, and is popular with Japanese executives from Toyota nearby. 

Eagleton near Bidadi is where the Congress is confining its newly elected MLAs, as the BJP goes all out to poach them. The new BJP government headed by B S Yeddyurappa is short of majority by nine MLAs.

Rooms at the resort are priced at Rs 5,500 and Rs 6,500 a day, plus taxes. Most rooms are double occupancy. Some single occupancy rooms are also taken, according to a resort insider. The group has taken up 120 rooms in all.

The resort has not tweaked its food and beverage menu for the netas.  “We don’t make too many changes to the standard menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But for larger groups we offer a gala dinner for Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 a person. This includes three live counters,” a resort employee says.

It isn’t all fun and games for Congress MLAs lodged at the resort. One of the youngest MLAs in the group told Metrolife, “We have a challenge ahead and everybody realises the seriousness.”

He says the legislators are aware they are in it for the long run. “We aren’t here for T20 but are here to play Test cricket,” he says. Many MLAs are jittery about what is happening outside. The BJP, an MLA says, is arm-twisting some Congress MLAs. “Their families have received threats. So everybody is a little worked up,” he explains. 

The Congress leadership is worried, as might be expected. “The older members are trustworthy, but newer ones could fall prey to the lure of cash and Cabinet posts. We are talking to them about the legal aspects of the problem,” a senior MLA says. 

Some MLAs did go to the spa and the pool, but that was between meetings and strategy sessions. This is a tense phase, admits an MLA from Bengaluru who has won six terms. “But we will wrest power from the BJP,” he says. 

Congress leaders H K Patil and K R Ramesh Kumar set out for the resort after a protest near the Gandhi statue on Thursday. DH PHOTO B H SHIVAKUMAR
Congress leaders H K Patil and K R Ramesh Kumar set out for the resort after a protest near the Gandhi statue on Thursday. DH PHOTO B H SHIVAKUMAR

How much?

  • Breakfast buffet per head:
  • Rs 450 +taxes.
  • Lunch buffet per head:
  • Rs 800+taxes.
  • Dinner buffet per head:
  • Rs 800+taxes

Who’s footing bill of Rs 8.4 lakh a day?

Room rates at Eagleton are Rs 4,500, Rs 5,000, Rs 5,500 and Rs 6,000 and Rs 6,500. Taking an average of Rs 7,000 a person, the bill comes to Rs 8.4 lakh a day. Leaders at the resort Metrolife spoke to said they didn’t know who was picking up the tab.

What they can play?

  • (besides politics, that is)

  • Board games.

  • Volleyball

  • Cricket and football

  • Badminton

What are they eating?


Fresh fruit juices and canned drinks, boiled eggs, baked beans, grilled tomato and a potato-based dish. Also, idli-vada, upma, kesari bath, sprouts, sambar and two varieties of chutney. The north Indian section includes pav bhaji, channa batura.  

Lunch and dinner

An array of north Indian and south Indian vegetarian dishes, besides fish, chicken, and mutton items. Dessert is two flavours of ice creams and two Indian sweets. 

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