After the BJP whisked away nine Congress MLAs in a chartered plane from Dehradun to Delhi under the supervision of Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat is said to have panicked and telephoned his old friend Akbar Ahmad (Dumpy), who is now in the BSP, for help since he owns a jungle retreat which is rather inaccessible.
Before the BJP could poach any more of his flock, Rawat dispatched the 34 MLAs supporting him by helicopters to Dumpy’s palatial farmhouse in Supad village abutting Corbett National Park. The farmhouse is in a restricted zone and private vehicles, except park managers’ cars, are forbidden. Violating the rules of the wildlife sanctuary, the MLAs were ferried close to the park by helicopters throughout the night. Luxury cars drove them to their doorstep. Corbett residents say never have the rules been flouted so flagrantly. The Uttarakhand BJP now plans to file a complaint before the National Board of Wildlife and the Wildlife Crime Control