Karnataka drama spreads: MLAs move SC, Shivakumar detained in Mumbai as new crisis for Congress brews in Goa

The prolonged crisis in Karnataka has crossed the boundaries of the state and reached Mumbai and Delhi while also having an apparent influence on Goa later on Wednesday. As Congress failed to resolve the turmoil in Karnataka even after several days, two more of its MLAs resigned on Wednesday while the group of rebels moved the Supreme Court seeking intervention.

Dealing a further blow to the JDS-Congress coalition in Karnataka, 2 Congress MLAs, MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar tendered their resignations to the Speaker on Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Goa, 10 of 15 Congress MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker and said they wanted to join the BJP. This will increase BJP’s strength in the 40-seat Goa assembly to 27.

Here are top the top developments:

1. In fresh trouble for Congress, 10 of 15 Goa Congress MLAs resigned on Wednesday evening and joined the BJP. The Congress, which emerged as the single-largest party after the 2017 assembly elections in Goa, is now reduced to only five MLAs.

2. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was present when the group of Congress rebels arrived at the assembly complex, said the 10 MLAs have merged with the BJP.

3. Meanwhile in Karnataka, the political drama continues to dominate the headlines. Two other MLAs of the Congress submitted their resignations on Wednesday, taking the total number of MLAs who have quit to 16.

4. Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar, the Congress’ troubleshooter, rushed to Mumbai to appeal to the MLAs holed up in a hotel.

5. For hours, Shivakumar remained stationed outside the hotel as Mumbai Police refused to let him in. Soon, he was detained after the MLAs complained that they have a threat to their lives.

6. Failing to meet the rebel MLAs even after repeated attempts over several hours, DK Shivakumar finally relented and was released by the police when he went back to Bengaluru.

7. On the other hand, 10 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, saying their resignations are deliberately not being accepted. The matter will be heard on Thursday.

8. Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, KC Venugopal and others held a meeting later in the evening and said that “lots of action” will be taken.

9. Siddaramaiah held a separate meeting with MLA Sudhakar, the latest Congress MLA who resigned. As the two held a closed-door meeting, BJP leaders started a protest demanding that the MLA be freed immediately.

10. BJP has attacked Congress saying the party is indulging in hooliganism and has attacked Sudhakar while Siddaramaiah said he is still a Congress member till the time his resignation is accepted and not a BJP member.

Updated: July 10, 2019 — 11:29 pm