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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.

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Congress leader D K Shivakumar who was in Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs has been detained by police. Get latest updates here.

Karnataka crisis deepens as resignations of two MLAs keep Cong-JD(S) alliance on tenterhooks

The precarious Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka remained on tenterhooks as two more Congress MLAs—MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar—submitted their resignations to the Speaker of the Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. The development came amidst high drama in Mumbai where police detained minister D K Shivakumar who was on a mission to woo back a dozen rebels lodged in a luxury hotel. Police detained Congress leaders while they were waiting outside Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel gate to meet the 10 dissident JD(S)-Congress legislators who have been holed up in the premises since Saturday. The rebels had approached the Mumbai police, saying they felt “threatened” by their state leaders and did not wish to meet them in this regard. Read more here

Who is DK Shivakumar

A seven-time legislator, Doddalahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar, popularly known as DKS, has continued to live up to his “proactive and loyal” image as a leader who puts things back in place for his party. Shivakumar braved Mumbai rains on Wednesday, waiting outside Renaissance Hotel to meet ‘his friends’ camping in Mumbai since tendering resignations. He was detained later and released in the evening. Read more here

Resignations of 8 MLAs sent to Speaker by speed post and email

BJP sources claimed that the resignations of eight MLAs, that were not accepted by Karnataka Assembly Speaker, have been sent by speed post and e-mail to the Speaker today. Also, a person has been sent to Karnataka to personally hand over resignations to Speaker, sources said.

Congress leaders' meeting underway in Karnataka after two more MLAs submit resignation

A meeting of Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, G Parameshwara, Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Eshwara Khandre and others is underway in Karnataka following the resignation of two more MLAs Dr K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj. (ANI)

Karnataka crisis deepens as two more Congress MLAs submit resignations

Both MLAs MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar -- are considered to be loyalists of former chief minister Siddaramaiah and found places in the coalition government of the Congress-JDS following the intervention of the senior leader. A total of 13 Congress MLAs and three JDS MLAs are among those who have given their resignations. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents. Read more here

I am still confident that all the MLAs will come back: DK Shivakumar

Shivakumar has been released, forcibly being sent to Bengaluru

Milind Deora and other Congress leaders have been released . The police is taking Shivakumar to the airport. He’s being forcibly sent back to Bengaluru.

CM Kumaraswamy lashes out at Maharashtra govt for 'manhandling' MLAs

16 coalition MLAs have submitted resignations so far

I have given them time till July 17, will go through the procedure and take a decision: Karnataka Assembly Speaker

Meanwhile the Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, "I have not accepted any resignation, I can't do it overnight like that. I have given them time on 17th. I'll go through the procedure and take a decision."

Two more Karnataka ministers submit resignation

UPDATE: Two more MLAs of the Congress party - MTB Nagaraj, a minister, and K Sudhakar, chairman of the state pollution board - submitted their resignation to the Speaker of the assembly Wednesday. Both MLAs are considered to be loyalists of former chief minister Siddaramaiah and found places in the coalition government of the Congress-JDS following the intervention of the senior leader.

The resignation of the two Congress MLAs takes the total of coalition MLAs who have resigned to 16. The Speaker of the state assembly rejected the resignation of nine MLAs on Tuesday for technical errors in the format of the letter given to the Speaker.

A total of 13 Congress MLAs and three JDS MLAs are among those who have given their resignations. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP's 105 plus two Independents.

Ghulam Nabi Azad detained in Bengaluru

The detainees are being taken to Mumbai University, Kalina Campus

Former Maharashtra minister Naseem Khan, who had arrived to meet Shivakumar has also been detained alongwith  GT Deve Gowda higher education minister of Karnataka, CN Balkrishnan and Shivling Gowda. They have been taken to Mumbai University, Kalina Campus.

DK Shivakumar taken away in police van in Mumbai

Karnataka Congress minister DK Sivakumar detained by Mumbai police outside Reniance Hotel in Powai. (
Express photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Shivakumar, Deora and other workers detained by police

D Shivakumar, Milind Deora along with other workers have been detained by the police. They have been taken away in a police van from outside the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel gate. Earlier, he was denied entry into the Hotel and prevented from meeting the 10 rebel JD(S)-Congress legislators.

'Kumaraswamy has no moral right to continue as CM': Yeddyurappa

After meeting the Karnataka Governor, Yeddyurappa said, "I requested the Governor to convey to the Speaker that he should take necessary action immediately. Kumaraswamy has no moral right to continue as CM, they don't have the numbers."

Police vans arrive outside Mumbai hotel

As Congress leaders continued to gather, five police vans arrived outside the Mumbai hotel.

See photos: Congress stages protest in Bengaluru

JD(S) chief and Former PM H D Deve Gowda arrived to join Congress' protest in Bengaluru.

'Karnataka MLAs resigned voluntarily'

Mukul Rohatgi, counsel for Karnataka rebel MLAs, told ANI, "The petition has been filed by 10 MLAs. They have resigned voluntarily and they are complaining that the Speaker is not taking an immediate decision and is deliberately delaying it for various reasons." 

'Not my legal problem': Shivakumar on rebels' plea in SC

On MLAs moving Supreme Court against Assembly Speaker, Shivakumar said, "It is not my legal problem. My problem is BJP. My problem is our relationship, out bonding, our unity. We are there for our unity."

Shivakumar refuses to leave Mumbai hotel

On cancellation of his bookings in the hotel, Shivakumar said, "Mumbai is known for its hospitality, other rooms are also there. I want to have a shower. If they don’t give me shower, if they don’t give me anything... the streets of Bombay are there.. hundreds of people come here as settlers. I will also be here as a settler."

'Will win them, take them': Shivakumar remains firm on pacifying rebels

"I know them well. This BJP relationship (with the MLAs) is two-three days old but my relationship with them is 40 years. I know them, my heart works with them, my heart is open to them. I know their hearts, I know their feelings, I will win them, I will take them (MLAs to Karnataka)," Shivakumar said.

Shivakumar in Mumbai: 'Don't want to trouble anyone'

"We want to have a secular government. I don’t want to trouble anyone. BJP is saying that they are not involved. Their friends are telling that they are not involved either. But here, the former speaker, former home minister of state has come here, met them and taken the letter from them (MLAs) and given it to the police commissioner. And said that they don’t want to meet us," Shivakumar told reporters.

'MLAs are going to call me, will wait till then': Shivakumar

On whether he managed to speak any MLAs, Shivakumar said, "I have tried, I have communicated to them. A lot of people, other legislators who are outside, who have already resigned, spoke to me." He added, "They (The MLAs) are going to call me and speak to me, I will wait till they speak. They can’t go. I will not leave them."

Milind Deora arrives outside Mumbai hotel

Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora and party leader Sanjay Nirupam arrive outside the hotel where the MLAs are staying.

Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary takes dig at Maharashtra government

Taking a swipe at the Maharashtra government, Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said, "Looks like there is a martial law in Maharashtra. A minister (Shivakumar), who has a booking in the hotel (in Mumbai), is not allowed to enter inside."

'Shivakumar apt in handling such issues, people have not forgotten': Yeddyurappa

"People have not forgotten the notoriety of Shivakumar who is apt in handling such issues. It is still fresh in people's minds how he hijacked the legislators from Gujarat and how he gave shelter to legislators from Maharashtra to protect his party's interests and government (back then) there. His notoriety once again came to light last week when he tore resignations of legislators forcing his entry to the speaker's office," Yeddyurappa said.

CM Kumaraswamy must resign, says Yeddyurappa

"On the 12th of July, the Assembly session will begin but if they don't have the numbers, it will be an illegal session. It is not too late, you (Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy) should resign and make way for a BJP government," Yeddyurappa added. 

Will meet Speaker at 3 pm today, says Yeddyurappa

BJP leader Yeddyurappa, who is protesting in Bengaluru, said, "We will meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 3 pm today. The Speaker has still not condemned the tearing up of resignations (of rebel MLAs) by D K Shivakumar. Tearing up of resignations is an 'apradh' that is unforgivable." 

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Karnataka protests

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm in the wake of protests against the Karnataka crisis.

'No charges applicable': Mumbai hotel tells Shivakumar

After cancelling the booking, Renaissance Hotel in Powai said no charges will be applicable for the booking. The e-mail communication was from the assistant reservation manager to a Ms Hetavi. "As per our conversation we wish to inform you that we have reservation in the name of DK Shivakumar:REZ775665D2. Due to some emergency in the hotel we need to cancel the reservation. No charges will be applicable," the e-mail read.

'Will not return till I meet rebel MLAs': Shivakumar

Addressing reporters outside the Mumbai hotel, Shivakumar said, "I will not go back until I take them back or get to meet them. I am a law-abiding citizen, a lawmaker. I know my responsibility." 

'Will not return till I meet rebel MLAs': Shivakumar

Addressing reporters outside the Mumbai hotel, Shivakumar said, "I will not go back until I take them back or get to meet them. I am a law-abiding citizen, a lawmaker. I know my responsibility." 

Powai Police imposes Section 144 outside Mumbai hotel

Powai Police has imposed section 144 in and around the Mumbai hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying.

Karnataka: BJP stages protest outside Vidhana Soudha

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, along with party leaders, protest outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

SC to consider urgent hearing of MLAs' plea against Speaker tomorrow

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, and assured him that it will see whether their petition can be listed for an urgent hearing tomorrow.

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader arrives in Mumbai

Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress chief Ganesh Yadav arrives at the Mumbai hotel to meet Shivakumar.

'Not interested to meet Shivakumar': Congress' Ramesh Jarkiholi

Rebel Karnataka Congress leader, Ramesh Jarkiholi, told ANI, "We are not interested in meeting him (Shivakumar). No one from BJP is here to meet us." 

'Don't intend to insult Shivakumar': Congress leader B Basavaraj

Rebel Congress leader B Basavaraj told ANI, "We don't intend to insult D K Shivakumar. We have faith in him but there is a reason we have taken this step. Friendship, love and affection are on one side, with gratitude and respect we request him to understand why we cannot meet him today." 

Won't leave without meeting rebel MLAs, says Shivakumar

"They should be proud of a customer like me. I love Mumbai. I love this hotel. Let them cancel. I have other rooms also. I'll not go without meeting my friends. I can't go by you (rebel Karnataka MLAs not ready to meet him), they'll call me. Their heart will break. I'm in touch already, hearts of both of us are beating," Shivakumar said.

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.