The Karnataka Political Crisis had taken another dramatic phase in Mumbai on July 10, Wednesday. The Irrigation, Kannada and Culture Minister of Karnataka, DK Shivakumar rushed to Mumbai on Wednesday to appeal to the Congress party’s rebellious Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to take back their resignations and take them back to Bengaluru.Also Read,
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DK Shivakumar reached the hotel early in the morning on Wednesday and he was, however, not allowed to enter the hotel despite of a room being booked by him in the hotel. The Mumbai Police didn’t allow him to enter the hotel, subsequently not allowing him to meet the MLAs too.
The MLAs residing in the hotel had reported threat to their lives due to Shivakumar’s arrival. According to the reports, the police had a written complaint issued by the 10 rebel MLA’s against Shivakumar of having threat to their lives by his presence in the hotel. Meanwhile, the hotel management cancelled his reservation stating an “emergency” as the reason of cancellation of the booking. The hotel also complained to the police about how the presence of the Congress leaders and workers in front of the hotel are affecting their business.
In addition to this, the rebel Congress leaders residing in the hotel such as ST Somashekhar were requesting Shivakumar, through their mobile phone and local news channels to leave the place and return back to Bengaluru.Also Read,
“We have come too far, and there is no question of reconsidering our decision. Friendship is different, politics is different,” Somashekar, a Congress MLA from Bengaluru, told the Water Resources Minister through the media. Former Janata Dal (Secular) JD(S) state president, H.Vishwanath said that it was not true that they had been instigated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and claimed they have come to Mumbai on their own.
On the other hand, the strong-willed DK Shivakumar chose to stand outside the hotel, withstanding the rain and said he won’t leave the hotel until he met the MLAs. “Even if I were to collapse here without food, I don’t care. There is no question of leaving this place,” he told reporters waiting outside the hotel. “All of us ministers have resigned, and will make each one of them ministers in the government. I want them to meet me first and return to Bengaluru,” he added.Also Read,
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police imposed prohibitory orders under Sec 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) preventing any assembly of more than four persons near the hotel where the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka were staying. Section 144 of the CrPC prohibits an assembly of more than four persons in an area where it has been imposed.
A few hours later, Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar was, however, detained by the police who took him into their custody from outside the hotel. Along with Shivkumar, former Union Minister Milind Deora and Congress MLA Naseem Khan, were also seated into a police van and taken to the Kalina campus guest house in the afternoon at 2.30 pm, while the remaining leaders from Karnataka who were camping outside Renaissance Hotel were quietly asked to leave.
Later in the evening, Deora and others were released from the guest house, while Shivakumar was driven to the airport to be “deported” – as per his words – to his home state. “I wanted to stay and meet MLAs but Police is pushing me to the airport for deporting me to Bengaluru,” ANI news agency quoted him as saying.Also Read,
While, JD(S) MLAs Shivalinge Gowda , GT Devegowda and CN Balakrishna were the other leaders from Karnataka who were detained by the Mumbai Police. In the meantime, the Drama which began from Karnataka was taken to Mumbai, Goa and finally reached Delhi. The rebel MLAs moved to Supreme Court (SC) against speaker Ramesh Kumar, who alleged of not accepting the resignations of the rebel MLAs.
The Supreme Court has, however, refused the urgent hearing of the Speaker’s plea. The MLAs are now moving back to Bengaluru. They have been directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6pm on July 11, Thursday and submit their resignations if they wish to.Also Read,