Karnataka Crisis: section 144 imposed outside Mumbai hotel, rebel MLAs move SC, congress, JD(S)
DK Shivkumar outside the Mumbai hotel to meet the rebel MLAs. (Image: ANi)

In a fresh twist to the political logjam in Karnataka, rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) government on Wednesday decided to move Supreme Court against the Speaker.

The Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday had rejected resignation letters of eight MLAs alleging they were “not in order”.

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar have been detained by the police.

Shivkumar has been waiting outside the hotel to meet the rebel MLAs.

According to reports, ten rebel MLAs of Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka approached the SC challenging the delay by the Speaker of State Assembly in accepting their resignations.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in Delhi for early listing. However, hearing is expected on Thursday.

Remember, last week 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs submitting their resignation from the Assembly initiating the drama in Karnataka.

The rebel MLAs are currently away from the state, staying at a hotel in Mumbai.

Early in the day, senior congress leader and Minister DK Shivkumar reached Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs, but was barred from entering the hotel.

 Showdown erupted outside the hotel amidst heavy police deployment after rebel MLAs wrote to Mumbai police seeking protection.

Meanwhile, Shivkumar has staged a sit-in outside the hotel where section 144 has been imposed. He said, “won’t move until I get entry.”

“I have a room booking at the hotel and I’m here to meet my MLA friends” he told reporters after a series of discussion with senior police officers outside the hotel.

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam and former south Mumbai MP Milind Deora are also expected to join Shivkumar later in the day.

In Bengaluru, the BJP staged a protest outside the assembly and called for the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Senior party leader and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa along with its MLAs are expected to meet the Governor Vajubhai Vala.

In between all this drama, Congress high command in Delhi has also sent senior party leaders to Bengaluru.

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge reached the state capital Wednesday morning.


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