Kerala Tourism’s prescient — but now-deleted — tweet just as the Karnataka results were panning out, inviting elected legislators to “unwind at the safe & beautiful resorts of God’s Own Country” is a good example of quick thinking by officials.
Even a Kashmiri IAS officer, Shah Faesal, chipped in by tweeting the MLAs are “welcome to Gurez Valley, a landlocked, lush-green resort in Kashmir. Temperature 10°C. Only one entry and exit road. Mobile connectivity moderate. A great deal of spring to enjoy.”
Whether sarkari bosses approve of these actions or not, and even if Karnataka’s protective party managers decide on other venues, the broader message should not be lost.
As resort politics has become almost an inevitable post-counting phenomenon, hoteliers and hospitality chains, if not state tourism outfits, should hammer out pre-poll tie-ups for this eventuality, with attractive incentives and price points.
Parties can identify and prepare lists of suitably “secure” resorts that prospective “political prisoners” would be comfortable in and make bookings and arrangements beforehand to save precious time.