The problems that urge the president of the Community of Madrid they are twice what was known until last night. Because, in the absence of one, Isabel Díaz Ayuso this occupying two floors independent in the aparthotel l of the hotel chain Room Mate Group in which he has stayed since he tested positive for coronavirus 48 hours after the state of alarm for the pandemic was declared. As confirmed by the hotel’s owner, businessman Kike Sarasola, in Antena 3, the president needed a series of characteristics such as parking, cleaning, security … and an office. That is why it has an apartment and a second suite lounge ”, he pointed out.
Ayuso, who to date had ensured that he would pay out of his pocket the 4,800 euros for the two months he has been installed there -the first version ensured that the expenses were not borne by the treasury and that it was a courtesy of the aforementioned business group, something that the company confirmed to stay tuned- it will have to explain now if it will face another extra bill with its card similar to the first.
According to the Vanity Fair magazine published on Monday, Ayuso has been installed since March 16, after testing positive for coronavirus, in a luxury aparthotel owned by businessman Kike Sarasola and located in the center of Madrid, near the Teatro Real. The cost of the suite occupied by Ayuso amounts to 200 euros per night, but the hotel chain has lowered it to 80 euros, alleging that it is a usual discount applied to long stays.
In addition to that, the skein of the alleged tender for a use contract for the aforementioned business group remains to be untangled. The Community of Madrid initially published on its contracting portal the award of a direct contract of 565,749 euros to “Room Mate S. A.”, “for the start-up and operation of hotels such as spaces for residential use by the elderly ”.
The controversy broke out, that file (1205/2020) with the same reference number (3413938), changed on the website itself to appear as the winner of that contract the Coordinator of the Third Sector of the community of Madrid. Although the assigned amount decreased to 240,000 euros.
There are still more doubts about it. Enrique Sarasola had offered his hotels for a possible medicalization before the declaration of the state of alarm, back on March 13.The list of establishments with permission to remain open during confinement, however, did not include the aparthotel Ayuso is staying in. They did appear under the seal of the Madrid Hotel Business Association, which applies Order TMA / 305/2020 of March 30, other facilities of the Room Mate group, but not the luxurious Plaza España Skyline BeMate.
In the absence of knowing the explanations that Ayuso can offer this morning, the regional president yesterday regretted being the target of all the criticism from the left, because “they try every day, by all means, to discredit” their management in the region during these months. A strategy traced by the leader of his party, Pablo Casado, who has directly denounced a “smear campaign” by the left against Ayuso.
Casado will support his regional leader in this crisis, having been given as an example of the PP’s management of the pandemic if it holds the presidency of the Government. Thanks to the former President of the Government, José María Aznar.
Más Madrid and Unidas Podemos have demanded explanations about the aparthotel since they consider that it could have incurred “an alleged bribery crime”, while the Secretary of the Organization of the Madrid PSOE, Carmen Barahona, has asked Ayuso to abandon his “burrow luxury ”before clarifying what happened.
The controversy on account of the aparthotel joins others carried out by Ayuso in recent days, such as the statements yesterday in which he stated that COVID-19 D (in English, “coronavirus disease 2019”) would correspond to December, because “the virus has been at ease ”since that month, an“ error ”that he recognized hours later.
Some photographs of Ayuso that illustrated a report published on Sunday in a national newspaper have also aroused surprise: in one he appeared with his eyes closed and his head on one side, and in the other, with his afflicted face and his hands crossed and resting on his chest.
In this interview, he was referring to the complaint by the employers of the residences for hospitalizations of residents during the peak of the pandemic, in some also controversial manifestations. “If there have been sanitary criteria that tell you that this person is also going to die, that he or she should better stay there, I cannot question him now in the cold and in the past,” he said.
In addition, the opposition has criticized other recent statements by Ayuso in which he compared the extension of the state of alarm in the coronavirus crisis with the prohibition of cars to avoid accidents.
“It is useless for a person not to move from his house, who strictly complies with all the rules even if he is impoverished, so that later he goes down to the supermarket and they infect him there (…) It is as if we prohibited cars to avoid accidents “, said.
The controversy broke out, that file (1205/2020) with the same reference number (3413938), changed on the website itself to appear as the winner of that contract the Coordinator of the Third Sector of the community of Madrid.