NCP MP chalked out poll plans while held up in Taj Hotel

November 28th, 2008 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) The 40-odd hours that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Jai Singh Gaikwad stayed cooped inside his room in the Taj Mahal Hotel as fierce fighting raged on outside between terrorists and security forces were well spent - chalking out his election plans.Gaikwad, who was rescued Friday afternoon from the hotel, did not seem hassled at all at the situation he had been in.

“My laptop was with me. I chalked out eight of my election campaign plans,” Gaikwad told a reporter.

Gaikwad said he was in room No. 319 of the old building of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel.

“We were told to shut ourselves from inside when the firing started. First the hotel security talked to us, then Maharashtra Police came and then the NSG (National Security Guards),” Gaikwad said.

“We were quite comfortable inside. Jo bhi sarkar ne tayari ki, hum bade maze mein rahe (We enjoyed all the preparations done by the government),” Gaikwad told reporters.

The terrorists attacked the hotel around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The terror strike in Mumbai has claimed at least 143 lives and left about 370 injured.

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