Karnataka crisis Live Updates: Shivakumar released, being sent back to Bengaluru
Karnataka MLA Resign, Karnataka Political Crisis Today Live News Updates: The rebel JD(S)-Congress MLAs had approached the Mumbai Police, saying they felt "threatened" by their state leaders and do not want to meet them in this regard.
Karnataka Congress minister DK Shivakumar (centre), Milind Deora were detained by Mumbai police outside Renaissance Hotel in Powai.
Karnataka MLA Resign, Karnataka Political Crisis Today Live News Updates: High drama was witnessed outside Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel Wednesday as Congress leader D K Shivakumar, Milind Deora and others were detained and taken away in a police van from outside the Hotel gate. Earlier, Shivakumar was prevented from meeting the 10 dissident JD(S)-Congress legislators who have been staying at the premises since Saturday. The rebels had earlier approached Mumbai Police, saying they felt “threatened” by their state leaders and do not want to meet them in this regard.
The Supreme Court, on the other hand, is likely to take up a plea by the rebels against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for not accepting the resignations of the rebel MLAs. Kumar had rejected the resignations of nine of 14 coalition MLAs on the ground that they were not tendered in the correct format. The Speaker has fixed dates over the next six days to meet and interview the five MLAs whose resignations were found to be in order.
The Speaker’s decision gives the Congress-JD(S) combine breathing room to pull the government back from the brink of collapse — if the resignations were accepted, the alliance would have been reduced to a minority of 103 in the 224-member House, after two Independent MLAs, too, withdrew support and tendered resignations Monday.
Congress leader D K Shivakumar who was in Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs has been detained by police. Get latest updates here.
Karnataka speaker and six-time MLA KR Ramesh Kumar. (File)
The Speaker’s decision is likely to stall the Opposition BJP, which has 105 MLAs and the support of two Independents, from staking claim to form government when the Assembly convenes for a session to pass the state Budget on July 12. It also gives the Congress and JD(S) a chance to bring back many of the rebels back into coalition fold with the offer of Cabinet posts.
On Monday, the entire state Cabinet resigned in an effort to woo back the rebels with prospects of being accommodated in a reshuffle.
“Of the 14 resignations, with the exception of Anand Singh, Narayana Gowda Prathapgouda Patil, Y Gopalaiah and Ramalinga Reddy, the others are not in the correct format. We have informed these MLAs that their resignations are not in order and that they can send it in the correct format if they desire,’’ said the Speaker. Incidentally, another Congress MLA R Roshan Baig joined the rebels Tuesday and tendered his resignation too.