Mumbai Police blocks DK Shivakumar from meeting rebel MLAs at Renaissance hotel

The Karnataka government is witnessing intense political drama in Bangalore and Mumbai since early Wednesday morning. Congress leader DK Shivakumar was stopped from entering the five-star hotel in Mumbai where rebel lawmakers are staying.

On Tuesday night, rebel lawmakers wrote to the Mumbai police chief for protecting them from Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy and Mr Shivakumar who are attempting to bring them back.

The Mumbai police did not allow Mr. Shivkumar to enter the Renaissance hotel where he had booked a room. Mumbai police officials were heard saying Shivkumar, “they are frightened of you, we cannot allow you to enter because of the letter.”

Mr. Shivakumar repeatedly said that he wants to meet his friends, sit, relax, have coffee with the disgruntled MLAs.

“I’ll not go without meeting my friends. They’ll call me. Their heart will break. I’m in touch already, hearts of both of us are beating,” Mr. Shivakumar said.

He also flashed a booking confirmation on his phone, which the hotel soon cancelled citing “emergency”.

Shivakumar hit out at the BJP, which rules Maharashtra, and said the BJP was destabilizing the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka.

Thirteen rebels have been in Mumbai since they submitted their resignations on Saturday, plunging the coalition government in danger. Speaker Ramesh Kumar examined the resignations on Tuesday, three days later, and declared eight “not in order”. This gave the coalition a tiny breather.

The rebel MLAs have approached  the Supreme Court through former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, alleging that the Speaker has “abandoned his constitutional duty and is deliberately delaying accepting their resignations.

Source : Various

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