Karnataka political crisis has moved from the alleys of Bengaluru and Mumbai to reach Delhi. The rebel MLAs are likely to move SC against Speaker Ramesh Kumar. Matter may come up on Thursday.
This comes after the rebel MLAs refused to meet Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who had flown from Bengaluru early on Wednesday morning. The MLAs remained inside the hotel while Shivakumar was barred entry by the Mumbai Police. The police denied entry to Shivakumar on the basis of allegations of threat to life made by the rebel MLAs in a late night letter.
Despite the cold shoulder, DK Shivakumar continues to express hope of parleys and has said that he will take the MLAs back with him.
Here are the latest updates on the Karnataka political crisis:
10:50 am: SC takes note of submission of rebel MLAs, says it will see whether their pleas can be listed tomorrow: PTI
10:40 am: Senior SC lawyer Mukul Rohatgi likely to represent rebel MLAs in the Supreme Court. The apex court may take up matter on Thursday.
10:23 am: This a drama set up by Maharashtra and Centre government. Shivakumar has every right to enter the hotel: VC Venugopal, Karnataka Congress in-charge, Bengaluru
10:22 am: Hotel emails DCP, requests cooperation to disperse crowd gathered outside the facility to restore normal operations. Police likely to ask Shivakumar to move from the spot.
10:18 am: Karnataka rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who have resigned from Assembly, likely to move SC today alleging that the Speaker is “abandoning his constitutional duty and deliberately delaying acceptance of their resignations”.
10:15 am: Nothing is permanent in politics. There’re no friends and no enemies. Anyone can turn at any moment. I am trying to contact them (rebel MLAs). I will get a call. Their heart is beating to meet their friend; Shivakumar
10:10 am: Renaissance hotel cancels Shivakumar’s reservation ‘due to emergency reasons’. Shivakumar says he is not a terrorist nor he is harmful for the hotel. “You should ask them why they have cancelled my reservation,” he said.
10:00 am: Rebel MLAs are likely to fly to Bengaluru to meet the speaker and discuss the resignations. The sources say that they will however not move out until after Shivakumar has left from the hotel.
09:28 am: Renaissance hotel was the site of first five-star chintan held by the BJP after loosing 2004 general elections.
09:23 am: Face-off outside Mumbai hotel: Congress minister D K Shivakumar says he has a reservation in the Mumbai hotel. Shows the booking to mediapersons.
9:13 am: Congress leader D K Shivakumar says he is not being allowed entry into the hotel. I don’t want to harm anyone. I have a lot of love and respect for this government. I only have my heart with me and want to meet my friends and have coffee with them, he told India Today.
08:55 am: BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa announces dharna in Bengaluru. “We have decided to sit on dharna in front of Vidhana Soudha. We will meet the Speaker and the Governor.”
08:45 am: Mumbai Police bars Shivakumars entry into hotel.
Police escorts Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar away from the gates of Renaissance – Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel where 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying. The MLAs had written to Police stating”We’ve heard CM&DK Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel,we feel threatened” pic.twitter.com/KCPmJzZjPH
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08:40 am: MLA Shivalinge Gowda: If I kidnap the MLAs only then police should stop me. We are free to enter the hotel. But BJP has trapped all our MLAs. We want to meet them. Let the MLAs tell us we have come on our own
08:40 am: We can’t go for a divorce immediately, Shivakumar tries to reason his way in Renaissance hotel. “I have booked a room here. My friends are staying here. There has been a small problem, we have to hold negotiations. We can’t go for a divorce immediately. There is no question of threatening, we love and respect each other.”
08:35 am: Supporters of JD(S) leader Narayan Gowda outside Renaissance hotel raise slogans of “Go back, Go back” as Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar arrives at the outpost of the hotel.
08:30 am: DK Shivakumar speaks to India Today on phone: I am a citizen of this country I can enter any hotel. Let see if they will stop me. I am here to meet my friends. The BJP cannot do this. They cannot stop by using police. I have come all the way to Mumbai. I am confident of taking MLAs back.
08:15 am: Mumbai Police says it will bar DK Shivakumar from entering the hotel rebel MLAs are staying at. Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar will not be allowed inside hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying, Mumbai Police was quoted as saying in ANI.
08:02 am: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar, in Mumbai: Let Mumbai Police or any other force be deployed. Let them do their duty. We have come to meet our friends. We were born together in politics, we will die together in politics. They are our party men. We have come to meet them.
07:46 am: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda reach Mumbai to talk to rebel MLAs
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda arrive in #Mumbai; Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force & Riot Control Police are deployed outside the hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying. pic.twitter.com/DB2RfDJiDm
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06:39 am: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda leave for Mumbai on a special flight from Bengaluru.
05:19 am: Dilip Sawant, Additional Commissioner of Police (Northern Region) reaches Hotel Renaissance in Powai where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying.
02:50 am: Security deployed outside the hotel where MLAs are staying. Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force and Riot Control Police at the spot.
Mumbai: Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force & Riot Control Police arrive at the hotel where 10 rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying.The MLAs had earlier written a letter to Police stating “We heard CM & DK Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel, we feel threatened” pic.twitter.com/ZQet2h1kmP
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01:30 am: “We are not satisfied with the alliance government as there is no unity between the two parties. Congress has also troubled HD Kumaraswamy a lot, they didn’t let him do what he wanted. We will go and meet the Speaker when he calls us, we have not left the party, only resigned as MLAs,” Narayana Gowda, JD (S) MLA, said.
01:26 am: Rebel MLA Narayana Gowda tells media that someone has informed them that Chief Minister and DK Shivakumar will come to Mumbai on Wednesday to talk to all the MLAs. “We have all written the letter together, we do not want to meet them. We have asked for protection so they don’t force us.”
Narayana Gowda also said that allegations of horse trading were “far from the truth, we have not come here for money and nobody is paying us. We told them our problems a hundred times but they did not listen, some ministers were having fun.”
01:10 am: Ten rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs write to Mumbai Commissioner of Police seeking security cover. “We are staying at Hotel Renaissance Powai in Mumbai, we have heard HD Kumaraswamy and DK Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel, we feel threatened. Do not allow them to enter hotel premises”